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Minutes of the Presbytery 



of Wilmington 



1890, (Apr*), 1890, (Oct.), 1891, 



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MINUTES. 



First Church, Wilmington, N. C, 

Wednesday, 8 p. m., April 16th, 1890. 

Presbytery met and the opening sermon was preached 
by Rev A. McFadyen, by request of the retiring Modera- 
tor, from Joshua 24th chapter and last clause of the 15th 
verse— subject, "Family Worship," assigned him by the 
Presbytery at its last meeting. 

PRESENT. 

Ministers.— A. McFadyen, G. W. McMillan, J. W. 
Primrose, P. H. Hoge, D. D., J. D. Stanford, J. J. Hines, 
Peter Mclntyre and W. McC. Miller. 

Ruling Elders. — J. D. Currie, Clarkton ; J. E. Lamb, 
Chinquepin ; L. W. Robinson, Duplin Road ; R. T. San- 
ders, Hopewell ; R. W. Collins, Keith ; G. S. Carr, Mt. 
Zion ; Hugh Murdock, Morehead City ; E. C. Smith, Oak- 
plain ; J. O. Carr, Rockfish ; O. Pearsall, St. Andrews ; 
J. G. Smith, Sutton's Branch ; I. W. Sidbury, Topsail ; 
B. G. Worth, First church, Wilmington ; and Gibson 
James, White Oak. 

ABSENT. 

Ministers. — Colin Shaw, D. B. Black, James -Kelly, 
B. F. Marable, D. D., and K. McDonald. 

Churches not Represented by Ruling Elders:— Beth Car, 
Black River, Bladenboro, Buelah, Burgaw, Caswell, Clin- 
ton, Cobbs Mills, Croatan, Elizabethtown, Grove, Harmony, 
Mt. Horeb, Mt. Olive. Mt. Williams, New River, Pike, 
Richlands, Seminary, South River, Union, Warsaw, White 
Hall, White Plains, and Whiteville. 



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MODERATOR AND CLERKS. 

Rev. Peter Mclntyre was elected Moderator, and Ruling 
Elders B. G. Worth and L. M. Robinson Temporary Clerks. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises, through Dr. 
Hoge, chairman, submitted the following report, which 
was received and approved : 

The Committee ou Devotional Exercises recommends that Presby- 
tery meet at 9 a. m., and spend one-half hour in devotional exercises 
before proceeding to the business of the day. That it take recess from 
1 p. m., toS p. m., and adjourn at pleasure; that there be preaching 
each evening at 8 o'clock. It is further recommended, that the hear- 
ing of the report of the Home Missions Committee be made the order 
of the day for 11 o'clock to-morrow morning, to have precedence over 
all other subjects during the day, and that Rev. Peter Mclntyre preach 
on to-morrow night. 

On motion, Presbytery adjourned to meet at 9 a. m., on 
to-morrow. 

Closed with singing L M. Doxology and prayer. 



THURSDAY, APRIL 17th, 1890.— 9 A. M. 

Presbytery met and spent one-half hour in devotional 
exercises. The minutes of yesterday were read and ap- 
proved. 

Revs. Colin Shaw and B. F. Marable, D. D., and Ruling 
Elders James N. Henry, Caswell ; E. N. Robeson, Beth 
Car, and J. W. Cromartie, Elizabethtown, appeared in Pres- 
bytery and rendered satisfactory reasons for tardiness. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the fol- 
lowing Standing Committees : 

Narrative to the General Assembly. — Rev. J. D. Stan- 
ford and Ruling Elders J. E. Lamb and R. T. Sanders. 

Systematic Beneficence. — Rev. B. F. Marable, D, P., and 
Ruling Elder J, D, Currie. 



Ministerial Siqiport. — Hev. J. W. Primrose and Ruling 
Elders H. Murdock and J. G. Smith. 

SESSIONAL RECORDS. 

Committee No. 1. — Rev. C. Shaw and Ruling Elders G. 
James and CI. S. Kerr. 

Committee No. 2. — Rev. W. McC. Miller and Ruling 
Elders I. W. Sidbury and R. W. Collins. 

Committee No. 3.— Rev. G. W. McMillan and Ruling- 
Elder J. N. Henry. 

Time and Place of the Next Meeting. — Rev. B. F. Mara- 
ble, D. D., and Ruling Elder L. W. Robinson. 

Bills and Overtures. — Revs. P. H. Hoge, I). D., and 
J. W. Primrose and Ruling Elder E. A. Robeson. 

The following communication was received and, on mo- 
tion, was referred to the Committee on Bills and Overtures : 

Mt. Olive, N. C, April 15, 1890. 

Mr. P. is an Elder in the church at A. He removes his membership 
to B, but is not elected to the Eldership in the latter congregation. 
He wishes now to retire from the Eldership. 

Question I. Can he do so? 

Question 2. By what authority can he be relieved of the office ? 

B. F. MARABLE, 
J. A. FAISON. 

On motion Ruling Elder B. G. Worth was excused from 
acting as clerk, and Ruling Elder H. Murdock was chosen 
in his stead. 

To hear the Report of the Agent of Foreign Missions 
was made the order of the day for 11 a. m. to-morrow. 

The Committee to audit the Treasurer's accounts, Messrs. 
W. H. Sprunt, B. G. Worth and A. A. Willard, reported 
that they had done so and found them correct and balance 
in bank on deposit. The report was approved and follows 
in the Minutes — the annual report of the Treasurer. 

The Committee to install Rev. Peter Mclntyre pastor of 
Duplin Road and Grove churches, reported that they dis- 
charged that duty at the former church on the 25th of No- 



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vember last and at the latter church on the day following. 
The report was approved. 

The Committee to organize a church near Outlaw's Bridge 
reported that for sufficient reasons they had failed to do 
so, and asked to be continued. The report was approved 
and the Committee continued. 

The Committee on the Tithe submitted the following re- 
port : 

The Committee to whom was referred the Overture of the Assembly 
touching tithing as the means of raising the funds of the Church, re- 
spectfully recommend the adoption of the paper read before Presby- 
tery on this subject at its last meeting as our answer to this Overture of 
the Assemby. The paper is as follows : 

"The Christian rule of systematic beneficence is found in I Cor. 
xvi : 2, requiring proportionate giving, but leaving each man to deter- 
mine for himself the proper proportion for him to give. The law of 
the tithe is essentially a part of the politico-ecclesiastical polity of 
the Hebrew Commonwealth, for while there are examples of tithing 
before Moses, there is do law of the tithe except in his statues. The 
Church can make no law for her members that the Head of the Church 
has not ordained, but while we are called unto liberty, we must not 
use liberty as an excuse for covetousness. The larger privilege of the 
New Dispensation demands a fuller consescration,and there are many 
whose privilege it is to give in much larger proportion than the tithe. 
It is the duty of pastors and Sessions to impress this principle upon the 
people under their charge, not merely ' as a means of raising the funds 
of the Church,' but as of vital importance for their own development 
and growth in grace." 

B F. MARABLE, 
P. H. HOGE. 

The report was received, and pending the discussion to 
adopt, the order of the day having arrived, its further con- 
sideration was snspeneded to hear the report of the Com- 
mittee of Home Missions, which was received and approved 
and the recommendations appended thereto, after having 
been considered seriatim, were adoj)ted. The following is 
the report : 

REPORT OF HOME MISSION COMMITTEE. 

(Year ending March 31st, 1890.) 

The Committee of Home Missions takes pleasure in reporting that 
the year has been one of decided advance, and it is encouraged to 



believe that its work will no longer be merely that of "strengthening 
thethings that remain," but will be a work of active aggression and for- 
ward movement. What with the prospect of supplying our vacancies, 
with the reviving of many churches through the labors of the Synodi 
cal Evangelist, the more hopeful material outlook in some quarters, 
and the prompter and larger contributions, we may well be encouraged 
to press forward with renewed zeal. We report on the work in order. 

I. PBESBYTEBIAL WOBK. 

1. Financial: The amount in hands of the Treasurer for this cause. 
April 1st, 1889, was $380.89 ; received on apportionment of 1889, $166.47 ; 
on apportionment of 1890, $507.61; total $1,054.97. Appropriations for 
1889 (reported to Fall meeting) $535.25; travelling expenses since Jan. 
1st, $7.40 ; total $542.65 ; balance April 1st, 1890, $512.32. Or, to put it 
differently, balance reported to Fall meeting, 29 cents; received after- 
wards on 1889, 11.82 ; on 1890, (as above) $507.61 ; total $519.72. Ex- 
pended (as above) $7.40. Balance $512.32. In addition to this, $97.34 
has been reported to the Committee that has not come into the Trea- 
surer's hands, making the amount in sight $609.66. There are eight 
churches that have made no report, the amount of whose apportion- 
ments is $70, but it cannot be said how much can be realized from 
them. These churches are Buelah, Caswell, Clinton, Cobb's Mills, 
Elizabethtown, Mt. Olive, New River, White Oak. By an oversight 
Buelah was omitted in the distribution of notices and envelopes. Of 
the thirty-one churches that have reported, only six failed to reach the 
amount of their apportionment, and some of these very nearly approxi- 
mated it, viz., Chinquepin, Croatan, Mt. Zion, Oak Plains, Richlands, 
and Whitehall. The other twenty-five churches all equalled or ex- 
ceeded their apportionment, and some of them are churches that 
have not contributed in years. The value of the envelope system 
has been shown not only in these results, but in the fact that a number 
of churches instead of merely reporting the amount apportioned them, 
has contributed considerably more. The group of churches minis- 
tered to by Rev. A. McFadyen all exceeded the amounts asked of 
thlm, and as a whole gave $55.80 on an apportionment of $40. Duplin 
Road also deserves especial mention, haviug tripled its apportionment, 
through the efforts of a Ladies' Society. 

The estimates for the year's expenses amount to $625, $105 of which 
has already been appropriated for church erection, as follows : Warsaw 
$40, Morehead City $40, and Sutton's Branch $25, and the remainder 
will be required for ministerial support. 

2. Missionary supplies: In accordance with the direction of Presby- 
tery at the Fall meeting, efforts were made to have each minister of 
the Presbytery give one Sunday to the mission field or vacant cburches. 



Rev. K. McDonald was appointed by Presbytery to go to Elizabeth- 
town, and Rev. P. H. Hoge to Topsail. These appointments were ful- 
filled, besides which Rev. W. McC. Miller went tbree times to Topsail, 
and Rev. Colin Shaw to Mt. Williams, resulting in an arrangement to 
supply them regularly, and also to supply White Oak. Rev. A. 
McFadyeL. and Rev. J. D. Stanford had so many appointments that it 
was not thought best to give them additional ones, and Rev. B. F. 
Marable, D. D., Rev. D. B. Black, Rev. P. Mclntyre and Rev. J. W. 
Primrose were excused on account of sickness or special appointments. 
No arrangement was consummated with Rev. Jas. Kelly, Rev. G. W. 
McMillan or Rev. J. J. Hines. 

3. Vacant churches : All of our vacant churches have received some 
attention since the Fall meeting. Croatan has been supplied by Rev. 
J. J. Hines. South River is now regularly supplied by Rev. K. McDon- 
ald and Elizabethtown on 5th Sundays. Bladenboro, organized last 
summer, has been supplied by Rev. A. McFadyen ; Mt. Williams and 
White Oak by Rev. Colin Shaw ; Topsail by Rev. P. H. Hoge, Rev. 
W. McC. Miller and the Synodical Evangelist; New River had one 
week's meeting by the Synodical Evangelist. The Committee is glad 
to be able to report that our field in the eastern part of Pender and 
Onslow, so long vacant, will be supplied June 1, by a licentiate just 
graduating from Union Seminary who has been highly recommended 
to us for this work. 

4. Evangelistic tvork : The First Church, Wilmington, has continued 
its evangelistic work under the care of Rev. W. McC. Miller with en- 
couraging prospects. This work is prosecuted in all its departments 
at a cost of $1,312.92 and is doing a marked work for that part of the 
city in which it is situated. Evangelistic work is done by our minis- 
ters at the following points : Rev. A. McFadyen at Bethlehem, Troy's 
school house and Gillespie's school house ; Rev. J. D. Stanford at 
Lanier's school house, Outlaw's Bridge, Prospect, and Smith's Chapel, 
and two other points, one near Onslow county and one in the north- 
ern part of Duplin ; Rev. J. J. Hines at Stella, Riverdale and Wild- 
wood ; Rev. Jas. Kelly at Elkinsville ; Rev. G. W. McMillan at Chad- 
bourn, and Rev. D. B. Black at Player's Chapel. Thus there are fif- 
teen points outside of our organized churches at which there is more or 
less regular preaching. In addition to these, a Sunday School has 
been opened at Jacksonville, and a meeting held there by the Synodical 
Evangelist resulted in the gathering in of a nucleus that only needs 
regular preaching to develope into a church. 

5. Church erection : During the year the following congregations 
completed churches or chapels: St. Andrews, church building ; Buelah, 
church building; Bladenboro, church building; Sutton's Branch, 
chapel near Outlaw's Bridge. The following are in course of erection : 



Morehead City, - church building ; Warsaw, church building, (their 
building having been destroyed last May) ; Sutton's Branch, church 
building. The following are projected: Harmony, church building 
at Kerr; New River, church building at Jacksonville; Caswell, 
chapel at Currie. 

II. SYNODICAL WORK. 

1. Financial: For the regular support of this work the churches of 
this Presbytery have contributed as follows : Wilmington, 1st, $290.78, 
St. Andrew's $50, Union $25, Grove $25, Clinton $25, Clarkton $20, 
Goldsboro $15, Mt. 01ive$12;25, Topsail $9.46, Whiteville$5, Mt. Horeb 
$4, Beth Car $2, Bladeuboro 2 ; total $485.49. Four quarterly payments 
of $100 each, beginning June 1, 1889, have been made on our appor- 
tionment of $400, leaving a balance of $85.49 towards the quarter due 
June 1, 1890, the remainder of which has been pledged by the 1st 
church, Wilmington. In addition to this, $100.76 was raised at a 
union meeting of St. Andrew's and the 1st church, Wilmington, 
towards the salary of an assistant for the evangelist. Mr. Morton 
raised at the churches visited by him the following additional sums 
for the work : Cobb's Mill $10.52, Seminary $13.31, Clinton $18.15, 
Chinquepin $4.03, Jacksonville $20.25, Bladeuboro $20.23, Topsail $25, 
Whiteville $10 ; total $121.49. Complete total of all raised for Synodi- 
cal work during the year $707.74. 

2. Work of the Evangelist within our bounds : Rev. W. D. Morton 
labored within our bounds for two months, beginning January 3 ; his 
labors were greatly blessed and a number of our churches much 
revived. In some cases it was life from the dead. His strong and 
earnest preaching and faithful labors were blessed in many ways that 
does not appear in a statistical report, but even measured by this 
standard the work is more than gratifying. The following is the 
report of his labors : 



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Cobbs Mills... 

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Wilmington. 
Whiteville... 



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III. assembly's work. 

1. Our Presbytery has contributed to the general mission work of the 
Church §150.38. This is over and above all that is given for the support 
of work within the bounds of Presbytery and Synod, and while the 
amount is small, it is far better than being a burden upon the Assem- 
bly's Committee as was the case a few years ago. 

2. For the Invalid Fund the Presbytery has contributed $180.39. Of 
this we have received an appropriation of $100 for Mrs. C. M. Munroe, 
but the Committee was only able to pay two-thirds of the second in- 
stallment, or $83.33 in all. 

3. For the Colored Evangelistic Fund, including the support of Tus- 
caloosa Institute, our Presbytery has contributed but $48.36 None of 
this is expended within our bounds. 

RECAPITULATION. 

Total amount raised for Congregational, Presbyterial, Synodical and 
Assembly's Home Mission work (not including Invalid Fund and 
Colored Evangelistic) is $2,845.12. This was used in aiding in the erec- 
tion of two churches, in supplementing the salaries of five ministers 
supplying eighteen churches and ten mission points, in supporting 
one local evangelist for his whole time, in paying for that portion of 
the Synodical Evangelist's time spent within our bounds, and in con- 
tributing to the Synodical work without our bounds, and to the Assem- 
bly's work. Seven vacant churches and sixteen mission points have 
had preaching supplied them more or less regularly, and arrangements 
have been made for securing one additional minister. 

Four churches or chapels have been completed during the year, 
three are in course of erection, and three are projected. 

Six protracted meetings were held within our bounds by the Synodi- 
cal Evangelist, two briefer meetings and one service in the interest of 
the evangelistic work, in all 105 services, resulting in eighty-eight con- 
fessions and fifty-eight additions to our churches. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

1. That Mt. Williams and White Oak be detached from the field in 
East Pender and Onslow and be supplied by Rev. Colin Shaw as during 
the past few months, and that Richlands be detached from Rev. J. D. 
Stanford's field and added to this field. 

2. That, in accordance with the recommendation of the General As- 
sembly to erect groups of weak churches into evangelistic fields in 
preference to the Stated Supply system, Presbytery now erect two 
such fields ; the first covering the eastern part of Duplin county, with 
the eastern part of Wayne and Lenoir, embracing the churches Of 
Chinquepin, Buelah, Sutton's Branch, Whitehall and Cobb's Mill ; 
and the second covering Onslow and the eastern part of Pender, em- 
bracing the churches of New River, Richlands and Topsail. 



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3. That Rev. J. D. Stanford be elected evangelist of the first field and 
that the Committee supply the second by the licentiate aforesaid until 
the Fall meeting of Presbytery. 

4. That the organization of New River Chapel be moved to Jack- 
sonville, and the name of the church changed to Jacksonville, New 
River Chapel being retained as a mission point. 

5. That the organization of Harmony Church be moved to Kerr, the 
present name being retained. 

6. That to avoid confusion between organized churches and chapels, 
the word chapel be dropped from the names of South River chapel 
and Black River chapel. 

7. That the Committee be authorized to employ candidate T. H. 
Newkirk to labor during his vacation in connection with Rev. K. 
McDonald in developing points along the line of the Cape Fear & 
Yadkin Valley Rail Road within the bounds of this Presbytery. 

8. That a committee be appointed to inquire into the practicability 
of Mt. Olive and Warsaw employing the whole time of Rev. B. F. 
Marable, D. D., (the latter church, perhaps, being aided by Presby- 
tery), and of Clinton employing the whole time of a young man who 
could also do evangelistic work in the surrounding country. 

9. That Presbytery order a general collection for the Synodical Evan- 
gelistic work to be taken up in June by all the churches except the 
First church, Wilmington, which takes the collection in February. 

10. That Presbytery again urge upon all its churches to be faithful 

in taking the collections for Invalid Fund in July and for Assembly's 

Home Missions in September. 

P. H. HOGE, Chairman. 

The Revs. F. D. Swindell and W. S. Creasy, of the 
M. E. Church, South, were introduced to the Presbytery 
and invited to sit as visiting brethren. 

Ruling Elders Wm. Stanly, Whiteville ; I. R. Faison, 
Union ; W. M. Hand, Burgaw ; and W. J. Cromartie, 
South River, appeared in Presbytery and rendered satis- 
factory reasons for tardiness. 

At the request of Rev. Dr. P. H. Hoge, Chairman of the 
Committee of Home Missions, a Committee was appointed 
to aduit the accounts of the same. Ruling Elder Oscar 
Pearsall was appointed said Committee. 

Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D., and Ruling Elders I. R. Faison 
and W. H. Sprunt were appointed the Committee called 
for by the 8th recommendation of the report of the Com- 
mittee of Home Missions. 



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Ruling Elder Henry Parrior of Grove church, appeared 
in Presbytery and rendered satisfactory reasons for tardi- 
ness. 

Presbytery took recess until 3 p. in. 



AFTERNOON SESSION.— 3 P. M. 

Presbytery met and resumed the consideration of the re- 
port of the Committee on the Tithe, which, after discussion, 
was adopted. 

Rev. Dr. P. H. Hoge offered the following paper on Sys- 
tematic Beneficence, which was received and adopted : 

The Presbytery of Wilmington hereby records its deep conviction of 
the transcendent importance of the subject of Systematic Beneficence, 
not only for securing the necessary means for carrying on the opera- 
tions of the Presbytery and Church at large, but for developing the 
graces and activities of our congregations and their members. But 
while Presbytery has repeatedly endeavored to impress this importance 
upon our churches, the annual reports continue to show great irregu- 
larities in the manner Of these collections, while there are a number of 
causes to which many of our churches make no contribution from 
years end to years end. Presbytery is convinced that the neglect is 
due, not so much to unwillingness to give on the part of the people, as 
to neglect on the part of Church officers to bring these subjects properly 
before them, to misunderstanding on the part of both officers and 
people of the objects and times for these collections, and to the lack of 
proper facilities for taking up collections for special objects without in- 
terfering with those for Church support. It is further believed that 
there is considerable confusion caused by the fact that our blanks for 
reports to Presbytery conform to the Assembly's scheme of collections, 
while some of our collections follow a different system. In view of 
these facts Presbytery takes the following action : The following col- 
lections are recognized by Presbytery and ordered to be taken in all 
our churches: January, Presbyterial Home Missious ; March, Publi- 
cation; May, Foreign Missions; June, Synodical Evangelization; 
July, Invalid Fund ; September, Assembly's Home Missions; Novem- 
ber, Education ; December, Colored Evangelization. 

2. The Stated Clerk shall furnish to each church three copies of a 
card containing these Pames and dates— one to be kept on the pulpit. 



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one by the Clerk of Session and one by the Treasurer. He shall also 
furnish for each communicant a package of eight envelopes, each con- 
taining the name and date of one of these causes. 

3. It shall be the duty of Sessions to see that these packages are dis- 
tributed among their members so that each may be provided with the 
opportunity of contributing to each cause at the proper time. It shall 
be the duty of pastors to announce the collections at the last meeting 
of the previous month, with whatever explanation may be necessary, 
and naming the amount expected of the church when Presbytery has 
apportioned any sum among the churches. And it shall be the duty 
of Treasurers in forwarding contributions to the Treasurer of Presbytery 
to designate thetn by the names herein contained. 

4. The agents of the different causes are instructed to furnish the 
churches within the month previous to the collection with any special 
information with reference to any cause that it may be important for 
the churches to have. 

5. The blanks for the Statistical Report to Presbytery and the report 
on Systematic Beneficence shall conform to this terminalogy, and shall 
contain a few blank lines that may be filled up with any objects of 
beneficence outside of those named, and any changes necessary to 
bring these reports into the form prescribed by the General Assembly 
shall be made in Presbytery by the proper Committee. 

MR. GEORGE M. MATHIS. 

Mr. George M. Mathis, a member of Clinton church, was 
introduced to Presbytery, and after the reading of the re- 
quired testimonials, from the Sessions of his church as to 
his moral and Christian character, and after the usual exami- 
nation as to experimental religion and motives in seeking 
the ministry, was taken under the care of the Presbytery as 
a candidate for the ministry, and the Agent of Education 
was directed to take the oversight of his studies. 

BLADENBORO CHURCH. 

A call from the Bladenboro church for the pastoral 
services of the Rev. A. McFadyen for one fourth of his 
time was read, and being found in order was placed in his 
hands, and having been accepted by him, Rev. P. H. Hoge, 
D. D., was appointed to preside, preach and charge the 
pastor, and Rev. W. McC. Miller to charge the people. 
The installation to take place at a time agreed upon between 
the parties concerned. 



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Revs. K. McDonald and A. McFadyen and Ruling Elders 
J. D. Currie and I. R. Faison were nominated Commis- 
sioners to the General Assembly. 

Rev. G. W. McMillan and Ruling Elder G. S. Carr were 
granted leave of absence after to-morrow morning's session 
and Ruling Elders J. B. Tait and Gibson James after to- 
day's session. 

J. A. Bordeaux, from Pike church, appeared in Presby- 
tery and rendered satisfactory reasons for tardiness. 

Presbytery adjourned to meet at 9 a. m. on to-morrow. 
Closed with prayer. 



FRIDAY, ARPIL 18th, 1890—9 A. M. 

Presbytery met and spent one half hour in devotional 
exercises. The minutes of yesterday were read, corrected 
and approved. k 

Rev. K. McDonald and W. H. Beatty from Black River 
church appeared in Presbytery and rendered satisfactory 
reasons for tardiness. 

EDUCATIONAL. 

The Rev. B. F. Marable, D. D., Agent of Education, sub- 
mitted the following rex>ort which was received and, after 
discussion, was approved and the resolution appended 
thereto was adopted : 

The Educational department of our Assembly's work increases 
steadily in magnitude. The proper qualification of men for the gospel 
ministry is of fundamental importance and can never cease to occupy 
a leading place in our church work, Opinions may vary as to methods 
of education, but as to the imperative necessity of an educated min- 
istry there can be but one opinion among intelligent Christians. And 
this subject is greatly emphasized when we observe the increasing 
popular intelligence and the varyiug and artful expedients of the ene- 
mies of the gospel. The number of candidates aided by the Assembly's 
Committee during the year ending April, 1889, was 167 against 150 for 
the previous year. The present year will show a much larger in- 
crease— 208. The amount raised by this Presbytery for this cause dur- 
ing the past year, $198,09, The amount received by this Presbytery 



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from the Assembly's Committee for the present year, $150.00, dis. 
tributed as follows : To Mr. T. H. Newkirk, Jr., $100; to Mr. L. E. 
Wells, $25.00 ; to Mr. Lawrence Ballard, $25.00. There are under the 
care of the Presbytery five young men located and employed as fol- 
lows: Mr. N. L. Anderson (licentiate) is at Prinoeton Seminary and 
will complete his course the present term; Mr. T. H. Newkirk at 
Union Seminary ; Mr. L. E. Mills at Mr. Clement's school, Duplin 
Road ; Mr. Lawrence Ballard at school in Kinston ; Mr. W. M. Shaw 
is teaching in Kenansville, and in the meantime is pursuing his 
theological studies. Each of these young men maintains a commend- 
able Christian character and all report progress in their studies. The 
Presbytery has uniformly raised more funds for Education than we 
have expended on our own candidates, but we have fallen much below 
the amount asked by the Assembly and much below what we might 
have raised. In view of these facts the adoption of the following reso- 
lution is recommended : 

Resolved, Education is one of the leading departments of our Church 
work. It is greatly in need of enlarged means, and our churches are 
earnestly requested to increase their liberality to this important cause. 

B. F. MARABLE. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS. 



The order of the day having arrived the Agent of Foreign Missions 
made his report, which was received and approved, and is as follows : 

Your Agent for Foreign Missions would respectfully submit the fol- 
lowing : We have 39 churches on our roll. Of these 24, the same num- 
ber as last year contributed to this cause. These churches reported a 
resident membership of 1,810. The amount contributed is $2,083, which 
is $32 more than was given last year. It is much to be desired that our 
contributions next May be largely in excess of 1889, and for the follow- 
ing reasons : 

1. Besides a considerable force of native helpers our Church has now 
78 missionaries in the field, 14 new missionaries having been added 
during the year. Among these are two brethren, one of them a negro 
graduate of Tuskaloosa Institute, who have gone to establish a new 
mission in the Congo Free State in the heart of Africa. 

2. Thirteen new missionaries are now waiting to be sent. 

3. While the work last year was concluded without debt it was owing 
in part to a legacy of $10,000. This we may not expect two years in 
succession. 

4. There was a falling off in the collections of February and March. 
The missionary well deserves the support of our churches. It is now 
more than self-sustaining. It is well to remember that any surplus 
over expenses of publicaiion goes into the Foreign Missionary Treasury. 
Our people would take a deeper interest in this great work of the Mas- 



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ter if they were better informed, and the Missionary is the best chan- 
nel of information next to the pulpit. The subscription list in our own 
Presbytery shows a great improvement, and yet our 2,640 members 
take only 93 copies. Our Ladies' Societies have wrought zealously. 
Their financial year has not yet come to a close, but they have made 
regular quarterly contributions, and fully expect to reach $800, the 
amount proposed. Churches reporting contributions are as follows: 





Churches, 


Resi- 
dents. 


Amounts. 


Beth Car 


35 


$ 17 20 


Black River 


22 82 


Bladen boro 


22 
40 
44 

167 
72 
37 
72 

100 
24 
49 
41 
84 
85 
60 
70 
72 

211 
60 
80 

351 


2 00 


Burgaw 


25 25 


Caswell 


2 00 


C 1 a r k t o n 


70 00 


Clinton 


6 00 


Duplin Road 


15 00 


Grove 


50 00 


Hopewell 


8 36 


Keith 


95 


Mt. Horeb 


23 00 


Mt. Olive 


17 95 


Mt. Zion 


3 77 


Mt. Williams 


6 00 


Oak plain 


6 20 


Pike 


6 01 


Rockfish 




13 35 


8 1. A n d r e ws 


208 00 


South River 


14 12 


Union 


20 75 


Wilmington, F 


irst Church 


1,512 88 


White Plains... 




1 30 


Whiteville 


34 


30 15 








Total 


1810 


$2,008 36 





In conclusion, your Agent would recommend the passage of the fol- 
lowing resolutions : 

1. Presbytery requires the sessions to transmit their spring reports by 
mail in time for the opening of Presbytery, and a duplicate by the 
hands of the delegates. 

2. We again recommend The Missionary to our people, aud commend 
the canvass of every community for readers as a truly Christian work. 

3. We recommend the observance of Children's Day — the first Sab- 
bath in June. 

4. We commend to sessions the distribution among their people of 
the Foreign Mission Leaflet just prior to the May collection. 

5. We urge our ministers to preach on this great theme at their ap- 
pointments just prior to the May collection. 

JOHN W. PRIMROSE. Agent. 



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Committee No. 3 on Sessional Records submitted the fol- 
lowing report, which was received and approved : 

Your Committee would make the following report : 
The Records of Beth Car be approved, with the following excep- 
tions : That only two meetings have been recorded in the last year ; 
no reports from deacons, annual or otherwise ; no reports recorded ex- 
cept the statistical report. (2.) That the Records of Bladen boro be 
approved except that there is no report recorded except the statistical 
report. (3.) That the Records of Mt. Horeb be approved with the fol- 
lowing exception : That the days of the week on which the Session 
met are not given. (4.) The Records of Grove be approved with the 
exception that the day of the week not given in meeting of Session on 
May Oth, 1889. (5) That the Records of Mt. Ziou be approved with 
the exception that the Treasurer made only one report during the year. 
Respectfully submitted. 

G. W. MacMILLAN, 
J. N. HENRY, 

Committee. 



MINISTERIAL SUPPORT. 



The Committee on Ministerial Support made the follow- 
ing report which was received, approved and the recom- 
mendations of the same were adopted : 

Your Committee beg leave to report that out of our thirty-nine 
churches only twenty-two have reported. Fifteen of these churches 
pledge ministers' salaries aggregating $2,730, (this is outside of the city 
of Wilmington), and have paid it all save $186. From the small num- 
ber of reports sent to Presbytery it is impossible to ascertain the 
amounts pledged our ministers. Your Committee approve of the 
reports with the following exceptions: (1.) Burgaw church is in debt 
to Rev. D. B. Black $102, that is one-third of two years' salary. (2.) 
Hopewell church pledges Rev. D. B. Black as Stated Supply $100, 
payable not annually, quarterly nor monthly, "but when we can." 
It reports salary not paid in full, and is to be reprehended also for fail- 
ing to answer what amount remains due and all following questions. (3.) 
Rockfish church pledges Rev. D. B. Black, pastor, $150, payable an- 
nually; has not paid in full, "does not know" the amount due nor 
when arrears are likely to be paid. (4.) Caswell church reports Rev. 
K. McDonald pastor, but does not know what salary was pledged 
him and makes no response as to indebtedness. Presbytery would 



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suggest that the Session ought to know, inasmuch as every call to the 
pastorate states the amount of salary. (5.) Chinquepin church, in 
answer to question as to salary pledged Rev. J. D. Stanford, says " not 
particular." To question 7, when last installment was due, answer 
not known. The remaining questions are not answered at all. The 
number of residents is not given. (6.) The report of Pike church, ex- 
cept it reports its pastor's salary (Rev. D. B. Black) is payable at " no 
definite time." The Presbytery refers the Session of Pike to the origi- 
nal call for information. The Session also reports that it cannot tell 
how much is due the pastor. This lack of information the Presbytery 
pronounces inexcusable. 

We recommend that ministers in charge of these churches be required 
at their next appointment to read these exceptions to the congrega- 
tions concerned and report the fact to Presbytery in the Fall. 

J. W. PRIMROSE, 
H. MURDOCK, 
J. G. SMITH, 

Committee. 

Rev. C. Shaw and Ruling Elders R. W. Collins, E. N. 
Robeson, I. W. Sidbury, J. W. Cromartie, I. R. Faison, 
E. C. Smith and J. D. Currie were granted leave of absence 
after this morning's session. 

Rev. C. F. Deems, D. D., of the Church of the Strangers, 
New York, was invited to sit as a visiting brother and 
made a happy response to the invitation. 

COMMISSIONERS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 

Rev. K. McDonald and Ruling Elder J. D. Currie were 
elected Commissioners to the General Assembly, with Rev. 
A. McFadyen and Ruling Elder I. R. Faison, alternates. 



WOMAN'S FOREIGN MISSIONARY COMMITTEE OF WIL- 
MINGTON PRESBYTERY. 



Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D., presented the following paper 
which was received and adopted : 

Whereas, It appears not improbable from the reports of the differ- 
ent Presbyteries so far as they have been published that the General 
Assembly may decide adversely to the formation and maintenance of 



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societies or unions that extend beyond the limits of congregations ; 
and whereas the Presbytery of Wilmington does not wish to run 
counter to the general sentiment of the Church, but does earnestly 
desire to reap the benefits that have already resulted from co operation 
and united effort in the Foreign Mission work among the women of 
our churches; therefore be it 

Resolved, 1. That the Presbytery of Wilmington appoint annually 
at its Spring meeting a committee of seven ladies, to be called the 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee of Wilmington Presbytery, 
whose duties it shall be (1.) To aid the women of churches not having 
Foreign Missionary Societies in organizing them. (2.) To endeavor to 
increase the interest and promote tne growth of the Societies already 
organized. (3.) To concert plans by which the Societies can unite in 
the support of particular lady missionaries and to keep the Societies 
and missionaries in communication with each other, for the stimula- 
latiou of the Societies and the encouragement of the missionaries. (4.) 
To aid the General Assembly's Executive Committee in selecting suit- 
able lady missionaries. These ends may be carried out by corres- 
pondence, visit to the Societies and by the holding of annual or other 
conventions. Three of the Committee, including the Chairman, should 
for convenience be located at one place and may be constituted a sub- 
committee to transact minor business, but for all important matters 
the consent of the others should be obtained in writing when a full 
meeting cannot be had. The contributions of the Societies shall be 
sent to the Treasurer of Presbytery either directly or through the 
officers of the church, or for convenience through this committee, and 
shall be transmitted by him to the treasurer of the Assembly's Execu- 
tive Committee on the order of the Chairman of the Woman's Com- 
mittee. If any Society does not wish any contribution to be subject 
to this order it can so state in sending it. It is recommended that the 
Societies should tax themselves at the rate of $1.00 for every ten mem- 
bers for the running expenses of the committee, which tax shall be 
paid directly to the treasurer of the Corrfmittee. The Committee may 
elect a Secretary and Treasurer from their own number, the Chairman 
being designated by Presbytery. The committee shall consult with 
the Presbytery's Agent of Foreign Missions upon any matter of per- 
plexity and shall submit an annual report of all their proceedings to 
the Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

2. The committee for the present year shall consist of Mrs. B. F. 
Hall, Chairman ; Mrs. R. N. Sweet, Mrs. W. J. Smith, of Wilming- 
ton ; Miss Mary Anderson, of Clinton ; Mrs. Joseph Archer, of Kenans- 
ville; Mrs. D. G. Robeson, of Westbrook, and Mrs. P. J. Flemington, 
of Faisons. 

3. The Woman's Foreign Missionary Union as at present organized 



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is hereby dissolved, the dissolution to take effect after the next annual 
Convention. 

4. Rev. J. W. Primrose, Agent of Foreign Missions, with Rev. P. H. 
Hoge, alternate, is hereby appointed to visit the Convention and ex- 
plain the reasons for this action. 

OVERTURE ON THE DEMISSION OE THE ELDERSHIP. 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures, to whom was re- 
ferred the paper on the Demission of the Eldership, made 
their report recommending that Presbytery overture the 
General Assembly to answer the same. Approved, 

Presbytery took recess until 3 p. m. 



AFTERNOON SESSION.— 3 P. M. 

Presbytery met and the Committee to prepare the Narra- 
tive made the following report, which was read, approved 
and a copy ordered to be forwarded to the General As- 
sembly : 

With humble gratitude Presbytery records the goodness aud protect- 
ing care of God during the past year, and that peace aud harmony 
prevails in our churches. The ministers and officers have been faith- 
ful in the discharge of their duties, and are making progress in the 
spirit of consecration to the work of the Master. In some of our con- 
gregations there have been special outpourings of the Holy Spirit, aud 
in nearly all these have been additions. There has been a decrease in 
intemperance aud worldly amusements, aud yet some of our congre- 
gations are troubled with these forms of sin. There has evidently 
been an improvement in the observance of the Sabbath, and yet our 
people do not come up to the full measure of their duty in this respect. 
There has also been an improvement in the matter of family worship, 
and yet it is too much neglected. While our people are growing in 
liberality, there is yet much room for improvement. While upon a 
view of the whole field there are some things discouraging, there are 
many to encourage us aud to excite us to renewed consecration' to the 
Master's service. 

J. D. STANFORD, 
R. T. SANDERS, 
J. E. LAMB, 

Committee, 



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TIME AND PLACE OF THE NEXT MEETING. 

The Committee on the Time and Place of the next regu- 
lar meeting reported, recommending Oakplain as the place 
and 12 m. Thursday, the 16th day of October next, as the 
time for the next meeting of Presbytery. Approved. 

Burgaw was granted leave to employ Rev. D. B. Black 
as Stated Supply for one-fourth of his time for the next 
year. 

Ruling Elder J. A. Bordeaux was granted leave of ab- 
sence after this time. 

Committee No. 1 on Sessional Records submitted the 
following report, which was received and approved : 

Records of Clinton approved to page 32. 

" " Clarkton " " " 145. 

" Union " " " 109. 

" " Burgaw " " " 55. 

" " Topsail approved, with the exception that they have not 
been before Presbytery since March 7th, 1885. 

C. SHAW, 
G. S. CARR, 
GIBSON J AMES, 
Committee. 



PUBLICATION. 



Rev. C. Shaw, Agent of Publication, made his report, 
which was received and approved, and is as follows : 

The Agent of Publication of Wilmington Presbytery begs leave to 
report that since the last annual report made at Clinton there has 
been no change in operating the colporteur business as to funds, except 
givingcredit to Clinton church for five dollars for colportagu, for which 
said church ought to have been credited in last report. The following 
donations in money and books have been made since last report : 
$10 to Rev. J. J. Hines' field to purchase books bought of the Com- 
mittee at Richmond; §9.94 in books for Rev. J. D. Stanford's field, 
through Mr. J. W. Fountain, late colporteur; $3.50 to White Oak 
church in books— in^all $23.44. There is yet in the hands of the Agent 
a small amount of money and books that can be very usefully em- 
ployed in supplying the destitute fields as Presbytery may direct or as 



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the Agent can find opportunity in distributing. As to the work of the 
Committee at Richmond, the last annual report will give all the in- 
formation desired. Your Agent would simply call the attention of 
the Presbytery to some of the late publications, and to the colporteur 
work as carried on through the Synodical Agents. In our own Synod 
Mr. Ennis, of Raleigh, under the direction of Dr. Watkins, has been 
doing a good work in the field assigned him. Other laborers will be 
employed when funds justify. At present, with the amount of funds 
in hands of the Committee, this is all that can be accomplished. 
Respectfully submitted. 

C. SHAW, Agent. 



MINUTES OF SYNOD. 



The Committee to examine the Minutes of Synod sub- 
mitted the following report, which was received and ap- 
proved : 

Your Committee to examine the Minutes of Synod would call the 
attention of the Presbytery to the action of the Synod in regard to the 
Orphans' Home on pages 325-6-7-8. On page 335 we are urged to give 
every church an opportunity to contribute to the cause of Publication. 
On page 344 Presbyteries are directed to " require Agents of Education 
to make reports of all candidates at least once a year, both as to their 
moral character and literary standing." On page 348 Synod agrees to 
raise $1,500 for Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, provided the 
Synod of Virginia will concur and co-operate in this movement. Of 
this amount $300 is our apportionment. The Agents of Sustentation, 
Foreign Missions and Education in their reports do not give us credit 
for what we have done in these departments. No doubt they have 
their explanations of these discrepancies as to (he amounts contributed 
by us. It is our opinion that if the Synodical Agents would consult 
the statistical reports of the different Presbyteries in making up their 
reports, these discrepancies would disappear. 
Respectfully submitted. 

A. McFADYEN, Chairman. 

The Committee appointed to audit the accounts of the 
Committee of Home Missions, submitted the following 
report, which was received and approved : 

As Committee appointed to examine the accounts of Rev. Dr. Hoge, 
Chairman of the Home Mission Committee, I report as having done 
so and found the same correct in all respects, with vouchers for all 
disbursements. 

Respectfully submitted. 

OSCAR PEARSALL, Committee, 



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THE REVISED DIRECTORY FOR WORSHIP. 



The Presbytery of Wilmington advises and consents to the adoption 
of the Directory for Worship, but respectfully suggests that the Funeral 
Service is unsatisfactory, lacking the climactic presentation of the 
Christian hope, placing the Old Testament passages last, and omitting 
such inspiring passages as I Cor. xv, I Thess. iv, and Rev. viii. And 
further, that the Directory for Marriage does not fulfil the requirements 
of the General Assembly to prepare a marriage service. We therefore 
respectfully advise that while the Directory should be adopted as it now 
stands, without the funeral service, the Committee shall be directed to 
continue their labors until a complete marriage and funeral service shall 
be presented to the Church, suitable for the use of laymen, the same, 
when adopted, to be added to the Directory as an Appendix. 



SYSTEMATIC BENEFICENCE. 



The Committee on Systematic Beneficence submitted their 
report, which was received and approved and a copy or- 
dered to be forwarded to the General Assembly, and is as 
follows : 

The Committee on Systematic Beneficence submit the following : 

22 churches have contributed to Sustentation $ 760 60 

19 
19 
21 
16 
14 
14 



Evangelistic Fund 1,884 42 

Invalid Fund 189 09 

Foreign Missions 2,113 26 

Education 145 49 

Publication 102 95 

Tuskaloosa Institute 54 81 



Total $5,250 62 

Excess above last year $2,192 13 

B. F. MARABLE, 
J. D. CURRIE, 

Committee. 



THE SABBATH. 



The Committee on the Sabbath made the following- re- 
port, which was received and approved and a copy ordered 
to be forwarded tothe General Assembly : 



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The Sabbath has as many hours in it as any other day of the week. 
Therefore as we use every hour of all the other days for our own em- 
ployment, we should be as diligent to give to God every hour of the 
holy Sabbath day, for He has appointed it not for His own good but for 
our benefit and advantage. The right observance of the day benefits 
the individual, blesses the community and builds up a nation, whereas 
the desecration of the day lessens the individual's interest in the 
religion of Jesus, lessens the interest of church work in the commu- 
nity and calls down the displeasure and judgments of God upon the 
nation. Each individual that nameth the name of Christ should 
resolve by the grace of God to keep the Sabbath from polluting it. 
We did hope to be able to report an advancement all along the line in 
the observance of the Sabbath day. There has been some advance- 
ment, but still there is the Sunday train and the Sunday excursion both 
by land and water. There is still the opening and delivery of the 
mail on God's holy day ; and last, but not least, there is still the Sun- 
day morning's paper, all of which we, as Christian brethren, should 
condemn. Still it is sad to report that the desecration of the day is 
sanctioned by those who call themselves by the name of Christ. Well 
may we exclaim, How long, O Lord, Holy and True, how long before 
we shall remember to keep the Sabbath holy unto the Lord. Let us 
labor to this end that the Sabbath shall be a day of rest to all, not 
a day of recreation ; a day of holy resting in the Lord, and not a day 
of pleasure seeking. Let us labor to restore the Sabbath to its pri- 
meval state — a day of holiness unto the Lord. 
Respectfully submitted. 

K. McDONALD, Chairman. 



SESSIONAL RECORDS. 



Committee No. 2 on Sessional Records submitted the fol- 
lowing report, which was received and approved : 

Your Committee would respectfully recommend that the minutes of 
the Sessions of the following churches be approved, with the excep- 
tions named : 

I. White Oak church. (1) The minutes have not been in Presbytery 
since September 9th, 1887 ; (2) The minutes of March, 1888, are not 
complete; (3) Reports are nqt recorded as required by rule 4th ; (4) 
Meetings are not held quarterly ; (5) It does not appear that the minutes 
were approved as required by rule 7th. 

II. St. Andrew's. No exceptions. 

III. Keith church. The reports by rule 4th not recorded. 



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IV. Chinquepin. 1) Xo date or place of a certain meeting is given : 
2 The reports by rule 4th not recorded. 

V. Pike church. '1 It is not stated in the minutes of 2d Sabbath 
in April. 1889, that the meeting was closed with prayer and the 
minutes are not signed : 2 No reports recorded as required by rule 
4th : (3) It does not appear that the minutes were approved as by 
rule 7th. 

VI. First church. Wilmington. 2s a exceptions. 

VII. Caswell. Records have not been in Presbytery since April 
ISth, InST. 

VIII. South River. (1 A note shows that the minutes of certain 
meetings have not been recorded: 2] Certain acts admitted in the 
minutes which were not the acts of the Session, in violation of rule 5th, 

IX. Hopewell. 1 All reports required by rule 4th not recorded ; 
2 It does not appear that the minutes were approved. See rule 7th. 

X. Rockfish. Reports not recorded as required by rule 4th. 

XI. Whiteville. Xarrative not recoi . : — rule 4th. 

XII. Duplin Road. The Xarrative not recorded by rule 4th. 

W. McG MILLER. 
IVY W. SLDBURY 

R. W COLLIXS. 

Oc n n .::- e 

In connection with the above report the attention of the 

Presbytery was called to the unconstitutional action of the 
Session of Chinquepin chnrch in suspending two mem- 
bers. Presbytery examined into the case and found from 
the statements of the Moderator of the Session that the 
parties accused were twice cited, and refusing to appear 
were suspended for contumacy. It thus appearing that 
the proper constitutional action was taken and that only 
the record was defective, dismissed the matter, instructing 
the Session to correct the same. 



SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

The Agent of Sabbath Schools submitted the following 
report, which was received, approved and the tabular state- 
ment of the same was ordered to be forwarded to the 
Grep*»ral Assembly : 



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The Sabbath School work we think is steadily progressive. Some 
schools show a slight falling off in attendance of scholars and teachers. 
Others report a large increase. We would like to see more schools con- 
tributing to benevolent objects. The Sessional Report might be made 
out in many oases with more care and fuller statistics given. The annual 
Sabbath School Convention of the Presbytery was held at Olarkton 
just previous to Fall meeting of Presbytery, at the same place. The 
meeting was interesting, but the attendance was small. Recom- 
mendation : That the time and place of meeting of the Convention be 
left to the selection of the Sabbath School Agent. 

The following is the tabular statement to be forwarded to the General 
Assembly : 





No. 01 

ES 

'- 

o 

a 

V 

c3 
« 


a Roll 


Average 
At- 
tendance. 


No. Admit- 
to Lord's 
Table. 


Amounts 

Con- 
tributed.; 


Churches. 


to 

« 


03 

u 

S3 

o 
'.« 

V 

H 


02 
3 

o 

o 


CD 

u 

a 

o 
c3 

H 


m 
u 

a 



02 


0) 

o 
o 


02 
<S 
QQ 

o 
- &l 

<£> - 
J3 
*" ft 

o 


Beth Car 


5 
5 

10 
4 
8 

12 
4 
5 
7 
4 
9 
2 

10 
4 
4 
9 

50 
5 
4 

23 
5 
5 
6 
8 


20 
28 
80 
37 
19 

120 
50 
25 
45 
15 
64 
26 
75 
38 
49 
58 

277 
62 
50 

150 
65 
32 
29 
29 


5 
3 
7 
4 
5 

10 
3 
3 
5 
3 
9 
2 
6 
3 
3 
8 

47 
4 
3 

19 
3 
4 
5 


20 
20 

50 
20 








Pike 




13 










47 00 
19 21 
8 78 
8 00 
2 40 
68 
5 15 








8 




Mt. Horeb 


15 








80 
40 
17 
23 
10 
50 
■ 20 
46 
15 
30 
40 

200 
45 
40 

110 
41 
25 
25 
25 







6 00 






Keith 




8 




Mt. Williams 










4 

7 








7 35 

6 00 
47 76 

8 00 
18 34 
27 05 

126 57 

7 53 
12 39 

146 00 

1 80 

15 16 








3 75 


Mt. Olive 






2 75 


Whiteville 






7 27 










3 00 






4 

6 


92 05 






7 70 






1 30 




22 00 






15 




Mt. Zion 




5 00 




























208 


1447 


169 


1007 




65 


415 19 


150 82 









PETER McINTYRE, Agent. 

Rev. James Kelly was granted leave to supply White 
Plains church for the next year for one-fourth of his time, 
at a salary to be agreed upon among themselves. 

Presbytery took up the application of Mr. W. J. Cro- 
martie to be taken under our care as a candidate for the 
ministry, and pending the consideration of a motion to go 
into his examination with that end in view, Presbytery 
took recess until 8 p. m. 



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EVENING SESSION. 

Presbytery met and went into the examination of Mr. 
W. J. Cromartie, and at its close the following paper was 
adopted : 

Eesolved, That Presbytery having heard Mr. W. J. Cromartie's 
statements in regard to his convictions as to his call to the ministry, it 
is the opinion of Presbytery that in view of his advanced age and other 
circumstances, it is not his duty to enter the ministry and that he be 
advised to content bimself in serving God as a Ruling Elder. This 
judgment of Presbytery is rendered with the highest appreciation of 
Mr. Cromartie's Christian character. 

Rev. B. F. Marable, D. IX, was appointed a committee 
to make known this action of the Presbytery to Mr. Cro- 
martie. 

On motion Presbytery then elected the following agents' 
and committees : 

Agent of Foreign Missions. — Rev. J. W. Primrose. 

Agent of Publication and North Carolina Presbyterian. 
— Rev. Colin Shaw. 

Agent of Education. — Rev. B. F. Marable, D. D. 

Agent of Sabbath Schools. — Rev. Peter Mclntyre. 

Committee of Home Missions, — Revs. P. H. Hoge, D. D., 
Chairman, Colin Shaw, G-. W. McMillan ; Ruling Elders 
I. R. Faison, W. H. Sprunt, B. F. Hall. 

Committee on the Sabbath. — Rev. W. McC. Miller. 

Committee on Minutes of Synod and General Assem- 
bly.— Rev. K. McDonald. 

Committee to Audit the Treasurer' 1 s Accounts. — Ruling 
Elders A. A. Willard, B. G. Worth and W. H. Sprunt. 

The Treasurer was ordered to pay Messrs. Jackson & 
Bell $3.25 for postals and printing and 75 cents to Stated 
Clerk for stationery and postage. 

CKOATATs T cnuRcn. 
On motion, the application of Ruling Elder Heath, of 
the Croatan church, for assistance in paying for their house 
of worship, was referred to the Committee of Home Missions. 



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Kev. K. McDonald was directed to supply South River 
until the Fall meeting of Presbytery upon such terms as 
shall be agreed upon between themselves, and that Rev. A. 
McFadyen supply Elizabethtown in the same way. 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER. 



The Treasurer submitted his annual report, examined 
and approved by the Auditing Committee, together with a 
report of collections made at this meeting. These reports 
were received and approved and are printed as an appendix. 



STATISTICAL REPORT. 



The Stated Clerk presented the following Statistical Re- 
port, which was received and approved and a copy ordered 
to be forwarded to the General Assembly : 

The Presbytery of Wilmington respectfully reports to the General 
Assembly that they number 13 ministers and 39 churches; that on the 
23d of May last they licensed Mr. Neal L. Anderson as a probationer 
for the gospel miuistry ; that on the 30th of April last they dissolved 
the church of Chadbourn, and that on the 11th of July they organized 
the church of Bladenboro ; that on the 25th of November they in- 
stalled Rev. Peter Mclntyre pastor of the Duplin Road church, and on 
the day following pastor of the Grove church ; that on the 17th day of 
April, 1890, we received under our care Mr. George M. Mathi9, a mem- 
ber of the Clinton church, as a candidate for the ministry ; and that the 
next stated meeting of our Presbytery will be held at Oakplain church 
at 12 m., on Thursday, the 16th day of October next. 

A. McFADYEN, 

Wilmington, N. C, April, 1890. Stated Clerk. 



VOTE OF THANKS. 



The following vote of thanks was heartily adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Presbytery be tendered to the 
pastor of this church, his congregation and other citizens of Wilming- 



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toil, for their generous hospitality and many kind attentions to the 
members of this body, and we pray that the richest blessings of 
heaven may rest upon them all. 

On motion Presbytery adjourned to meet at Oakpiain 
church at 12 ra., on Thursday before the third Sabbath in 
October next. 

Closed with singing, prayer and the Apostolic Benedic- 
tion. 

PETER MoINTYRE, 
Moderator, 
B. G. WORTH, 
L. W. ROBINSON, 
H. MURDOCK, 

Temporary Clerics. 

A. McFADYEN, 
Stated Clerk, 
First Church, Wilmington, N. C, April 18th, 1890. 



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Oakplain Church, Sampson County, No. Ca. 
12 m. Thursday, October 16th, 1890. 

Presbytery met and the opening sermon was preached by 
Rev. Peter Mclntyre from 1st Cor. 16th chapter and 14th and 
loth verses. 

The Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev. 
D. B. Black. 

PRESENT. 

Ministers: Colin Shaw, D. B. Black, A. McFadyen G 
W. McMillan, K. McDonald, J. W. Primrose, D. D., J. D. 
Stanford and P. Mclntyre. 

Ruling Elders: C. Johnson, Black River; W T Ban- 
nerman, Burgaw; W. N. Campbell, Clarkton ; R. N Cole 
Chmquepin; J. W. Carr, Duplin Road; W. D. McLeod, Eliza- 
bethtown; B. F Sanders, Hopewell; R. W. Collins, Keith; A 
R. Hicks, Mt. Olive; C. S. Carr, Mt. Zion; A. W. Wells, Oak- 
plain ; J. W. Fountain, Richlands; J. W. Boney, Rockfish • A 
! D. Hicks, Union ; W. B. Whitfield, White Hall. 

ABSENT. 

Ministers: James Kelly, B. F. Marable, D. D., P. H. 



^ MINUTES OF 

Hoge, D. D. and W. McC. Miller, and twenty-one churches 
were not represented by Ruling Elders. 

MODERATOR AND CLERKS. 

Rev. J. D. Stanford was elected Moderator and Ruling 
Elders J. W. Fountain and A. D. Hicks, Temporary Clerks. 

Mr. Byron Currie Clark, a member of Clarkton church, 
was introduced to Presbytery and after the reading of the re- 
quired testimonials from the Session of his church, as to his 
moral and christian character, and after the usual examina- 
tion as to experimental religion and motives in seeking the 
ministry, was taken under the care of Presbytery as a Candi- 
date for the ministry, and he was recommended to pursue his 
studies at Union Theological Seminary, Hampden Sidney, Va., 
, he having last June, finished his literary course at Davidson 
College. 

Presbytery took recess until 2 p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Presbytery met and dismissed Licentiate N. L. Anderson 
to the Presbytery of Tuskaloosa Ala. Licentiate Letcher 
Smith was received from the Presbytery of Roanoke, Va. 

The reading of the minutes of the last Presbytery was 
dispensed with. 

APPOINTMENT OP STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the follow- 
ing Standing Committees. 

Narrative to Synod: Rev. P. Mclntyre and Ruling Elders 
W. N. Campbell and W. B. Whitfield. 

Systematic Beneficence: Rev. K. McDonald and Ruling 
Elders C. S. Carr and W. T. Bannerman. 

Time and place of the next Meeting: Rev. G. W. McMillan 
and Ruling Elders M. D. McLeod and R. W. Collins. 

The The Trustees of Davidson College made a verbal re- 
port, which was approved. 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 5 

FREE CONVERSATION. 

The free conversation on the state of religion was made 
the first order of the day for to-morrow afternoon. 

ORDINATION OP LICENTIATE LETCHER SMITH. 

Presbytery resolved to ordain Licentiate Letcher Smith 
as an Evangelist, and examined him on experimental religion, 
motives in seeking the Ministry, Theology, Church Govern- 
ment, Sacraments of the Church and Ecclesiastical History, 
all of which were sustained as satisfactory parts of trial. 

DEVOTIONAL EXERCISES. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises submitted the 
following report, which was received and approved: 

That Presbytery meet at 9 a. m. and spend one half hour 
in devotional exercises, hear a sermon at 11 a. m. ; after ser- 
mon take recess and meet at 1 p. m., hear a sermon at 3 p. m. 
and adjourn at 4 :30 p. m. 

Presbytery, adjourned to meet at 9 a. m. to-morrow. 
Closed with prayer by Dr. Primrose. 



Friday, 9 a. m., October 17th, 1890. 

Presbytery met and spent one-half hour in devotional ex- 
ercises. The minutes of yesterday were readand approved. 

Ruling Elder J. W. Carr, was appointed Treasurer pro 
tern. 

Presbytery resolved to hear the trial sermon of Licentiate 
Litcher Smith, for ordination, at 3 p. m. to-day, assigning 
him for a text Gal. 4th chapter 4th and 5th verses. 

Presbytery heard the popular lecture of Candidate W. M. 
Shaw, subject, 1st Psalm, which was sustained as a satisfac- 
tory part of trial, and resolved to hear his trial sermon at 11 
a. m. to-day. 

COMMISSIONERS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 

The Commissioners to the General Assembly made a ver- 
bal report, which was approved and their diligence was com- 
mended. 



6 MINUTES OF 

Rev. B. F. Mai able, D. D. and Ruling Elder W. A. Fai- 
son from Warsaw church appeard in Presbytery and were ex- 
cused for tardiness. 

After the reading of a communication from Rev. Dr. E, 
M. Richardson, Secretary of Education, Rev. Dr. Marable and 
Ruling Elders A. D. Hicks and W. T. Bannerman were ap- 
pointed a committed to apportion $450.00 among our churches, 
our share of the $25,000, needed the coming year for the cause 
of Education. 

Rev. J. W. Primrose, D. D. and Peter Mclntyre were ap- 
pointed a committee to assign trial pieces to Mr. T. H. New- 
kirk, with a view to his licensure. 

The committee to organize a church near Outlaw's Bridge, 
reported that they had failed to do so, the way not being clear, 
and was discharged. 

Ruling Elder George J. Moore, from Caswell church, ap- 
peared in Presbytery and was excused for tardiness. 

Ruling Elders W. A. Faison, and George J. Moore were 
added, temporarily, to the committee of Home Missions. 

The Agent of Sabbath Schools made a verbal report., 
which was approved. 

Presbytery took recess for ten minutes. 

Presbytery met and took up the order of the day and 
heard the trial sermon of Mr. W. M. Shaw, text, Heb. 5th 
chapter and 9th verse, and it was sustained as a satisfactory 
part of trial. 

Presbytery took recess until 1 o'clock p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Presbytery met and a letter was read from Rev. James 
Kelly rendering satisfactory reasons for not attending this 
meeting. 

Ruling Elder Warren Johnson, from Clinton church, ap- 
peared in Presbytery and was excused for tardiness. 

Presbytery took up the order of the day : The free con- 
versation on the state of religion, after which the committee 
to examine Mr. Letcher Smith on the Languages and Sciences, 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 



reported they had done so, recommending that it be sustained 
as a satisfactory part of trial. Approved. 

The committee appointed to apportion $450.00 amoung 
our churches for the cause of Education made the following 
report, which was approved. 



Beth Car, $ 8 00 

Black River, 8 00 

Burgaw, 5 00 

Clarkton, 10 00 

Caswell, 5 00 

Clinton, • • • • 10 00 

Pike, 5 00 

Richard's, 2 00 

Rockflsh 5 00 

Seminary, 2 00 

South River, 5 00 

Sutton's Branch, — 1 00 

Chinquepin, 2 00 

Cobb's Mills, 3 00 

Duplin Road, 5 00 

Elizabethtown, 2 00 

Grove, 10 00 

Harmony, 2 00 

Hopewell, 5 00 



Mt. Horeb $ 5 00 

Mt. Olive, 10 00 

Mt. Williams, 5 00 

Mt. Zion, 5 00 

Morehead City, 1 00 

Oakplain, 5 00 

Topsail 3 00 

Union, 10 00 

Warsaw, 2 00 

Wilmington, 1st. Church, 240 00 

St. Andrew's 50 00 

White Hall,. 2 00 

White Oak 1 00 

White Plains, 3 00 

Whiteville, 5 00 

Keith, "200 

Bladenboro, 2 00 

Croatan, 1 00 

Buelah, 3 00 



TIME AND PLACE OF THE NEXT MEETING. 

Black River was selected as the place and 7 :30 p. m. 
Wednesday April 1st, 1891, as the time for the next meeting 
of Presbytery. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

The Committee of Home Missions made the following re- 
port, which was received, approved and the recommendations 
of the same were adopted : 

The Committee of Home Missions would respectfully report to 
Wilmington Presbytery in Fall Session of 1890 as follows: 

During the protracted illness of the Chairman, Dr. Hoge, two 
efforts were made to secure a meeting of the Committee, which failed, 
for want of a quorum. Whatever may be lacking in this report is 
due to this fact. On Dec. 3rd, the Committee, as instructed, made an 
apportionment of 8600 among the churches to carry on the work of 
Presbytery. The Chairman sent envelopes to the churches notifying 
them at the same time of the several amounts required. We recom- 
mend, 

First, The same apportionment for the year 1891, . 



8 MINUTES OF 

Our Licentiate, Rev. Letcher Smith, has rendered good service 
preaching in the Topsail Richland and Jacksonville churches, and at, 
three other points. We recommend 

Secondly, The ordination of Mr. Smith as an Evangelist. We re- 
commend, 

Thirdly, The appointment of a Committee to visit Player's Chapel 
to consider the expediency of a church organization at that point. 
We recommend, 

Fourthly, That the appoinment of Rev. A. McFadyen to sup- 
ply Elizabethtown, be continued till next meeting of Presbytery. We 
recommend, 

Fifthly, That till the Spring meeting of Presbytery this Commit- 
tee be authorized to send a monthly supply to Keith church which 
is now vacant. We recommend, 

Sixthly, That Rev. K. McDonald continue till Spring Presbytery, 
to supply South River church. 

In the absence of complete data we are unable to report the finan- 
cial status of the work, but believe that all the obligations for the 
year are provided for amply, 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. W. PRIMROSE, 
Chairman pro. tem. 

narrative to synod. 

The Committee on the Narrative made the following re- 
port, which was approved and a copy ordered to be forwarded 
to Synod : 

Your Committee on Narrative to Sy^od begs to submit the fol- 
lowing report: 

From a brief survey of the field we gather the following items: 
The churches generally are in a prosperous condition, religious zeal 
is steadily on the increase, the standard of morality is high and the 
piety of church members more evident,*as the good seed sown bears 
fruit. Much of the good work done is accomplished in the Sunday 
Schools. A few churches report no rchools, which is to be much re- 
gretted. A few churches report financial embarrassment and inabili- 
ty to meet obligations These churches need stimulation. The mis- 
sionary spirit is good. Special efforts to reach the classes beyond or- 
dinary church influences have been made by several of our churches. 
This is encouraging. Nearly all the churches have had additions to 
their number during the year. Old buildings have been repaired and 






WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 9 

new ones are in process of erection. Altogether we have much to 
thank God for, to take courage, and to make greater efforts after use- 
fulness in this part of the Master's vineyard. 

PETER McIXTYKE,) 

W. N. CAMPBELL, [ Committee. 

W. B. WHITFIELD, ) 

Presbytery took recess for five minutes. 

Presbytery met and heard the trial sermon of Licentiate 
Letcher Smith, which was sustained as a satisfactory part of 
trial. The different parts of trial, were as a whole, sustained, 
and Mr. Smith was ordained to the full work of the ministry ? 
as an Evangelist, the Rev. Dr. J. W. Primrose conducting the 
services. 

SYSTEMATIC BEXEFICEXCE. 

The Committee on Systematic Beneficence submitted the 
following report, which was received, approved and a copy 
ordered to be forwarded to the Synod. 

The Presbytery of Wilmington submits the following report on 
Systematic Beneficence for the year ending March 31st 1890: 

22 Churches contributed to Sustentation, Fund, - S 760 60 

ts " " Evangelistic Fund, - - 1 884 42 

" Invalid Fund, - - - 189 09 

" Foreign Missions, - - 2 113 26 

" Education, - - - - 156 49 

" Publication, 102 95 

r « « Tuskaloosa Institute, - 54 81 

" " " Miscellaneous, - - - - 7 552 00 



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Being §6,048.13 more than was raised last year. Twenty-three 
churches reported and twelve of them contributed to all the objects con- 
ducted by the churches, and twenty-two to one or more of them, and 
sixteen churches made no report. 

Revs. P. H. Hoge, D. D., D. B. Black and Ruling Elder 
\V. T. Bannerman, were appointed a committee to visit Play- 
er's Chapel, as called for by the third recommendation of the 
report of the Committee of Home Missions, 



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MINUTES OF 



The Treasurer pro. tern, made the following report of col- 
lections at this meeting : 



CHURCHES 
CONTRIBUTING. 



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3 30 

3 65 

1 30 



3 13 



1 75 



15 10 

4 95 
2 00 

5 00 
4 00 



$ 1 71 
3 05 

2 77 



4 00 



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2 00 



1 20 



1 67 



2 48 



Total, . 



$ 13 71|$10 90 



$32 13 



$ 9 20 



$ 5 00 



$ 4 48 



$ 1 20 



STATISTICAL REPORT, 



The Stated Clerk presented the following Statistical Re- 
port, which was received, approved and a copy ordered to be 
forwarded to Synod : 

To the Synod of North Carolina: 

The Presbytery of Wilmington reports : 

I. 14 Ministers; 39 Churches; 6 Candidates; 2,515 Communicants; 
and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-two Dollars and 
Sixty-two cents ($30,692 62), aggregate of all funds raised during the 
year ending March 31, 1890, being $4,468.13 more than was raised the 
year before. 

II. 191 Members were added to the Churches during the year. 

III. 1 Minister was transferred, viz: Rev. I. C. McMullen, to 
Presbytery of Albermarle, by action of last Synod. 

IV. 1 Church received, viz: Croatan, by action of last Synod. 

V. Churches transferred or dissolved, viz: Goldsboro trans- 
ferred to Presbytery of Abermarle, by action of las Synod. 

VI. Licentiates received, viz. Letcher Smith, October 16th, 1890. 

VII. 1 Licentiate transferred, viz: Neal L. Anderson, Octo- 
ber 16th, 1890. 

VIII. 2 Candidates received, viz: George M.Mathis, April 17th, 
1890, and Byron C. Clark, October 16th, 1890. 

IX. 1 Ordination, viz: Letcher Smith, October 17th, 1890. 

X. 3 Installations, viz: Rev. Peter Mclntyre Duplin Road and 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. J 2 

'Grove Churches Nov. 25th and 26th, 1889, and Rev. A. McFadyen, 
Bladenboro church, May 13th, 1890. 

XI. 14 Ministers in charge of 39 Churches; 7 Pastors; 4 Stated 
Supplies; 3 Evangelists. 

XII. $689.91, average Salary paid Ministers in charge of Churches 

XIII. § Manses, aggregate value, $10000 

XIII. Xo Minister or Churchin one County, viz: Brunswick. 

XIV. The next stated meeting of Presbytery at Black River 
church on 1st, day April, 1891, at 7:30 p. m. 

By order of Presbytery. 

Attest: 

A. McRADYEX, 

Stated Clerk,; 
At Oakplain Church, on 17th day of October 1890- 

Adjourned to meet at the call of the Moderator, during 
the meeting of Synod in Wilmington Closed with singing 
prayer and the Apostolic benediction. 

-T. P. STANFORD, 

Moderator. 

A. D. HICKS, ) _ 

J. W. FOUNTAIN, i 1em,, °Rarv Clerks'. 

A. Mc FAD YEN. 

Stated Clerk. 
Oakplain, Sampson Co., No. Ca., October 17th, 1890. 








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ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF WILMINGTON, 



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FIRST CHURCH WILMINGTON, N. C. 



Wilmington, N. C, October 24th, 1890. 

Presbytery met and was constituted with prayer by Rev. 
Peter Mclntyre, the last Moderator present. 

Present: Revs. B. F. Marable, D. D., A. McFadyen, G. 
W. McMillan, K. McDonald and Peter Mclntyre, and Ruling 
Elder I. R. Faison, from Union church. 

On motion the following resolution was adopted to wit :' 
That all our Ministers doing evangelistic work be empowered 
to receive members by examination, directing them'to join 
some church as members of the same. 

On motion Presbytery adjourned to meet at Black River 
church at 7 :30 p. m., on Wednesday before the first Sabbath 
in April A. D., 1891. 

Presbytery closed with r^rayer. 

A. McFADYEN, 

Stated Clerk. 




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Black River Church, Sampson County, No. Ca., } 
7 :30 p. m. Wednesday, April 1st, 1891. ' j 

Presbytery met and the opening sermon was preached by 
Rev. J. D. Stanford from Mark 16th chapter and 15th verse. 
Presbytery was constituted with prayer. 

PRESENT. 

Ministers.— Colin Shaw, James Kelly, A. McFadyen, G. 
W. McMillan, K. McDonald, P. H. Hoge, D. D., J. D. Stan- 
ford and W. McC. Miller. 

Ruling Elders.— James N. Corbett, Black River; Jas. E. 
Kelly, Bladenboro ; James N. Henry, Caswell ; M. H. Wooten, 
Cobb Mills ; J. W. Carr, Duplin Road ; M. D. McLeod, Eliza- 
bethtown, R. T. Sanders, Hopewell; R, W. Collins, Keith J 
N. W. Bonum, Oakplain ; J. W. Boney, Rockfish ; W H. 
Sprunt, St. Andrews ; A. D. Hicks, Union ; and Richard Ell- 
more, White Hall. 

Moderator and Clerks. 

Rev. G. W. McMillan was elected Moderator and Ruling 
Elders M. H. Wooten and W. H. Sprunt, Temporary Clerks. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises made the following 
partial report: That Presbytery meet at 9:30 a. in. on to- 
morrow and take recess at 11 :30 a. m. to hear a sermon by 
Rev. A. McFadyen. 

The reading of the minutes of the last meeting was dis- 
pensed with. 

Rev. W. McC. Miller rendered a satisfactory excuse for ab- 
sence from the last meeting. 

OVERTURE. 
The following Overture to the General Assembly was pre- 
sented by Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D., and after an explanation by 



4 PROCEEDINGS OF 

him of the same it was docketed to he taken up at some time 
during this meeting. 

To the Venerable, the General Assembly of the Presby- 
terian Church in the United States : 
The Presbytery of Wilmington respectfully but earnestly overtures 
y0 u?Venera y ble body to send down to the Presbyteri* > ft, : then ^consxd- 
natton and action, the followi-g amendments to Chapter VI ot oui 
ForTof Government; the design of which is to remove those barriers 
for which no reason can be found either in the word ot God or in the 
2 6i human expediency that now debar from our ministry 
man men who are qualified both by nature and by grace tor the ex- 
ercise Tit! functions, while at the same time ample provision is 
made for preserving the high standard of education which our church 
hTs always maintained, and for emphasizing certain requirements 
not now explicitly made but which are demanded for the fullest effi- 
ciency of the ministry in its high and holy calling, to wit: 

In section 5 of the said chapter "Of the Ordination ot Ministers, 
etc so amend Article III as to omit all reference to scholastic re- 
nnirements by omitting the word "philosophy" and the clause "the 
££?£? Hebrew languages and such other branches of learning as 
xotheXsbytery shall appear requisite and as to his knowledge; 
thus relegating the whole subject of scholastic requirements to the 
t£a L forTcensure where it properly belongs; and to the same article 
ner the words "discipline of the Church" add the fo Rowing: ^nd 
Co fn his knowledge of the nature and contents ot the Holy Jscrip 

'InttionS « of the Licensure of Probationers for the Gospel Mln- 
iirv" at the end of Article III add the words "except as herein 
^Lrl^rtdS* in Article IV after the words "Church govern- 
ment" add the words, "and on the nature and contents of the Holy 
Stares" and under the first head of the parts ot trial omit the 
Sffid Latin," as a useless anachronism destroying the practical 
value of that part of the trial. > 

\nd finally, for the whole of Article VI substitute the following 
"Candidates who have not passed through the usual course of aca- 
demSaf studied .and who, on account of age or other reasons, cannot 
niThTiudgment of the Presbytery, profitably do so, shal be examined 
bv tne PresTtery as to their knowledge of the usual English branches; 
of th 6 e Elements of theology; of the history, government and saprd 
nrents of the Church; and of the nature and «^^™J 
srriotures They shall also be required to present to Presbytery a 
Sss'onof a thesis on some common head of divinity and an ej 
pSTyTctureand sermon, as required of other candidates,^ Anc 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 5 

no candidate, except in extraordinary cases, shad be licensed until he 
shall have studied divinity at least one year under some approved 
teacher of theology; and whenever any Presbytery shall see reason to 
depart from this rule, it shall always make a record of the fact upon 
its minutes with the reasons therefor." 

The Presbytery further overtures your venerable body to consider 
the whole subject of the relation of licensure to ordination and to 
formulate such modifications of the whole sections bearing upon 
those subjects as shall transfer the more exacting and rigid features 
of the examination of candidates with reference to their theological 
attainments from the trial for licensure to the trial for ordination. 

To hear the report of the Committee of Home Missions 
was made the first order of the day for to-morrow afternoon. 

To hear the report of the Agent of Foreign Missions was 
made the first order of the day for Friday afternoon. 

On motion, Presbytery adjourned to meet at 9 :30 a. m. on 
to-morrow. Closed with prayer. 

THURSDAY. 

9:30 a. m. April 2nd, 1891. 

Presbytery met and was opened \jrith prayer. 

The minutes of yesterday were read and approved. 

A communication from our secretaries, Rev. Messrs Hous- 
ton and Rankin, was referred to the Agent of Foreign Mis- 
sions. Also one from Rev. Jas. Stacy, D. D., was placed in 
the hands of the Committee on the Sabbath. 

A call from St. Andrew's church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. A. T. Graham was read and being found in order the 
said church was granted permission to prosecute the call be- 
foerjhe Presbytery oj Maryland. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the following 
standing committees : 

Narrative to Synod.- Rev. P. Mclntyre and Ruling Elder A. 
D. Hicks. 

Systematic Beneficence.— Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D , and Ruling 
Elder Richard Ellmore. 

Ministerial SuppoRT.-Ruling Elders W. H. Sprunt and J. E. 
Kelly. 



(j PROCEEDINGS OF 

Sessional Records -Committee No. 1-Rev. C.Shaw and Ruling 
Elder J W. Boney. Committee No. 2.-Rev. I. Kelly and Ruling 
Elder N. W. Bonum Committee No. 3.- Rev. K. McDonald and 
Ruling Elder R. T. Sanders. 

Time and Place of the Next Meeting— Rev. J. D. Stanford 
and Ruling Elders M D. McLeod and W. J Cromartie. 

The committee to visit Players chapel reported that owing 
to a misunderstanding they failed to meet at the time ap- 
pointed. The report was approved and the committee was 

continued. 

The committee to audit the Treasurer's accounts reported 
that they had discharged that duty and found the accounts 
correctly kept with the proper vouchers. 

Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D., and Ruling Elder M. H. Wooten 
were nominated Commissioners to the General Assembly and 
Rev. A. McFadyen and Ruling Elder James N. Corbett alter- 
On motion, Presbytery resolved to hear the report of the 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee in connection with 
the report of the Agent of Foreign Missions. 

On motion. Presbytery elected the following agents and 
committees : 
Publication and Colportage.— Rev. Colin Shaw. 
Education— Rev. B. F. Marable, D. D. 
Sabbath Schools -Rev. Peter Mclntyre. 

Committee of Home MissioNS.-Revs P. H. Hoge, D ©», (Mm 
Shaw, G. W. McMillan, W. McC. Miller, and Ruling Elders B.F. Hall, 
I.R. Faisonand W.H.Sprunt. 

Committee on the SABBATii.-The Pastor of St. Andrews and 
Ruling Elder W. J Cromartie. i. 

Minutes of Synod and General AssEMBLY.-Rev. K. McDon- 
ald and Ruling Elder James N. Corbett. W : 11q ^ 
To Audit the Treasurer's AccouNTS.-Messrs. A. A. Willard, 
B. G. Worth and W. H. Sprunt. 

At the request of the congregation the name of Sutton's 
Branch was changed to that of Hebron on our roll. 

Rev. Peter Mclntyre and Ruling Elder B. G. Worth, First 
church, Wilmington, R. J. Southerland, Mt. Olive, and J. H 
Ballantine, Clarkton, appeared in Presbytery and rendered 
satisfactory reasons for tardiness. 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 7 

Ruling Elder B. G. Worth was chosen Treasurer pro. tern. 
OVERTURE. 

The overture to the General Assembly was taken up and 
after remarks by Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D, it was adopted and 
the Stated Clerk was ordered to forward a copy to the Gen- 
eral Assembly. 

The Committee on the Sabbath made the following report 
which was received, approved and a copy ordered to be for- 
warded to the General Assembly: 

Your Committee on the Sabbath respectfully presents the following 
report: The principal source of information on the matter of Sab- 
b ith Observance in our bounds must be the sessional reports It is 
t3 be regretted that we look in vain to this source for such fill and 
definite information on this important subject as is desirable. 

Some of our churches make no report at all on the subject. Most 
of the sessions give very meagre and indefinite statements Only a 
few churches afford such information as would enable your commit- 
tee to present a f a 1 and satisfactory report. The expressions used in 
answering the question as to how the Sabbath is observed range all 
the way from "very good," down through ' only moderately well " to 
'very bad;" the great majority of them, however, are on the better 
side of the middle phrase. Combining the statements of their re- 
ports as far as given, and considering such facts as we have before us 
the impressions resulting are expressed in the following general state- 

While none of the churches think that the Scriptural standard for 
the observance of the Sabbath is reached, yet the great mass of our 
own people keep the day holy, and seem alive to the dangers which 
threaten it in the popular tendency toward the continental views of 
the Sabbath. We are not far from that general desecration of the 
day which prevails among the worldly, and there is little or no abate 
ment in the matter of Sunday travel, Sunday mails and pleasure 
seeking. 

1. Your committee would respectfully suggest that the Presbytery 
earnestly call attention to that part of the report of the Assembly's 
Committee "urging upon our ministers the importance of keeping 
this subject continually before the minds of the people, and doing all 
in their power, by public and private instruction, as well as example 
towards maintaining the sanctity of the day," and that " all our mem- 
bers including Elders and Deacons.be enjoined to refrain from all 
use of the public conveyances on the Lord's day, and also patronizing 
the Sunday mail and newspapers," and further that the sessions be 
careful to regard the instructions of the Assembly requiring them 



g PROCEEDINGS OF 

'•to incorporate their matter of Sabbath observance in their annual 

2: That Presbytery expresses its entire sympathy with the American 
Sabbath Union," and all similar organizations, in their efforts to se- 
cure a proper observance of the Lord's day, and declares its readiness 
to support actively all Scriptural measures looking to the preserva- 
tion of this precious, divine institution. 

3 That vour committee be empowered to fill irat and return the 
blank forms sent bv the chairman of the Assembly's committee. 

W. McC. Miller, 
Chairman. 



The annual report of the Treasurer was received and ap- 
proved and is printed as an appendix to the minutes. _ 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises made a partial re- 
port that we take recess to meet at 2 p. m. and adjournal 
pleasure, and that the Rev. P. Mclntyre preach to-night. The 
report was approved and Presbytery took recess. 

2 P. M. 

Presbytery met and the Rev. D. B. Black and Ruling El- 
ders J. H. Moore, Burgaw. and C. S. Tait, Pike, appeared m 
Presbytery and were excused for tardiness. 

Ruling Elder J. H. Moore was put on Committee No. 3 on 
Sessional Records in place of Rev. K. McDonald. 

Committee No. 2 on Sessional Records submitted their re- 
port which was approved and is as follows : 

Committee No. 2 on Sessional Records report that the > records of 
Bladenboro, Clarkton. Clinton, Harmony, Keith and White Ha 
churches were examined and ask that the same be approve^ ^w h 
these exceptions. The records of Harmony have not been submitted 
to Presbv'ery since April 1S89, and the reports to Presbytery are not 
recorded. In th records of several of the ™^£.*«™^ 
session it is not recorded that the session was opened «*1">""£9 
in one instance it is stated that the session was not opened with 
prave' In the records of Keith church reports to Presbytery are not 
recorded. The records of White Hall church were no submitted to 
Presbytery since April 1389, and the reports to Presbytery are not 

recorded. . 

Respectfully submitted, 

James Kelly, 1 (j omm ittee. 
X. W. Bosttm, J 



WILMIXGTOK PBESBTTEKY. 9 

ucmmittee Xu. 3 on .Sessional Records repoit that they have exain- 
?d the records oi the following churches: Burlaw, Duplin Road. 
ke, Union, South River, Topsail and Whiteville, and recommend 
eir approval with the following exceptions: Duplin Road session 
is not opened with prayer; Burgaw, Pike. Union and South River 
[torts to Presbytery are not recorded. Topsail. March Tth. 1891, 
;sion not closed with prayer. We rind the records well kept. 
Respectfully submitted. 

R. T. Sanders. / ««•»«.?**«<■ 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS. 

The Committee of Home Missions made their report which 
is received and approved and the recommendations of the 
me were adopted. The following is the report : 

The Committee of Home Missions respectfully submits its report 
r the year ending March 31st. 1891, as follows: 

I PRESBYTERIAL WORK. 

1. Financial. The balance to the credit of this fund in the hands of 
e Treasurer of Presbytery April 1st. lSi+o, was $512.32. received af- 
rwards on apportionment of 1890, 8144.02: in addition to this the 
mmittee drew from a special fund for Onslow county $109, giving 
for the work of 1890, 8757.24. Of this amount 8105 was appropr'.- 
ed for Church erection as reported last Spring: other appropriations 
r 1890 were as follows: Rev Colin Shaw. $50; Rev. G. W. VcMillan, 
tf.25: Rev J.J. Hlnes, 818. 75 (three months >; Rev. J. D. Stanford 
'to: Rev. Letcher Smith, 8233 33: total $633 35: leaving a balance to- 
ird the work of 1891, of $18.91. There had been received when the 
?asurer's books closed M arch 15th. on the apportionment for the pres- 
tyear, *399.8f5. Of this ©66.67 has been paid Rev. Letcher Smith on 
is year's salary and ©3.00 has been spent in travelling expenses by the 
airman: leaving a balance as according to treasurer's report, of $349.- 
. There has been received since March 15th, and prior to April 1st, 
hen the ecclesiastical year closes, 8103. 16, which brings the amount 
?eived in 1S91 up to 85o3 02. ag.iir.st 8507.61 received at the same 
ite last year, Of the twenty churches that have reported six 
.urches equalled their apportionment, viz: Black River, Burgaw, 
t. Horeb, Warsaw, Whiteville and Wilmington First: seven ex- 
eded it. viz: Bethcar, Duplin Road, Hopewell, Jacksonville, 
Dcknsh, St. Andrews. South River: and seven fell below it, viz: 
adenboro, Cobb Mills, Croatan, Flizabethtown. Mr. Olive, Pike, 
>psail. In all but two cases the variations from the apportionment 
re small, but St Andrews exceeded its apportionment of 875 by 
5.10, and Mt. Olive fell below its apportionment of $15 by f 10-86.' 



|q PROCEEDINGS OF 

ThP fatal excesses were $24 98, and deficiencies p 96, making a net 
1 ontLapr ionment from the churches that have reported o 
sT 98 is hoped that some of these churches will make up their 

d iL cie so hat the work of Home Missions and not the dehn 
nu nt c u S r ' c ie s will be benefitted by the liberality of others There 
e n ne en churches that have not reported and the amount or the r 
nment is $140. The committee needs every dollar of this 
aP Cv to do I e work for which there is immediate necessity, and if 
"had'twicett whole sum would still be. unable adequately tosupply 

'T^^" Churches. The churches of Topsail, J-kso^ and 
Belauds have been supplied by the election of an evangel^ to that 
Held- Keith, Warsaw and St. Andrews are vacant and have had occa- 
sionil supply. Other churches, technically vacant, have had sta.ed 
cm-mlies reporting direct to Presbytery. 
? Fvanselistic The First church, Wilmington, has continued its 

ingsuccess The cost ot tne wo D . Stamford, elected at 

STpS^'^SSt *% Tdu^ count, held has labored 
last Fresoyteiy ov* b sum)lvinK i iv e organized churches and 

therein throughout the year supply ag h g ^ 

£? Z Swtld 2S"oSSS evangelist a, the Tall meeting of 
Presbytery He "supplies regularly three organized churches and 
Presbytery j ii minis ters, not evangelists, have done 

»%%£ZS£w%-. *»■ A - **■*» at three points ' Rev ' 

"s'iSrr'of^^e^crLntionedasln process 

3. Ch ™^ -f^r 1 ;-" Wars aw and Sutton's Branch have been oc- 
of construction last yeai, v\ arsayv suu * 

wi- we have no report from Morehead City; ot the three pio 

^vin. t^mn to worl in one held, It was ^e hest that was prac 
Ucable and met the urgent need of a resident minute, at Clinton. 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. t l 

II. SYNODICAL WORK. 

I. The amount in the hands of the treasurer April 1st 189") for 
this cause was -582.19, which was subsequently increased by the '.bal- 
ance stdl due from the February collection in the First church Wil- 
mington, to $102 3(5. This with the amounts collected by Dr Morton 
in his first visit to the Presbytery, and credited by the Synod to our 
apportionment, cancelled our obligations to this cause up to the meet- 
nig of Synod, when a new apportionment was made by the Synod 
and Wilmington Presbytery was asked to raise $450, with the provis- 
ion that the amounts collected by the evangelists should be credited 
to the account. To the June collection twenty-four churches con- 
tributed, realizing 8126.17; the February collection in Wilmington 
First was. S200, and the collections by the evangelists amounted to 
^t.4.94— total $501,91. The June collection this year will all go to- 
wards making the payments of the next Synodical year, and should 
be large and liberal to meet the growing demands of this most im- 
portant work. To the new movement naugurated at the 'ast Synod 
members of this Presbytery subscribed $*5lo, of which *440 has al' 
ready been paid in. The total contributions to this work in Wil- 
mington Presbytery from April 1st, 1890, to April 1st, 1891, have been 
}'•.)()< 28. 

2. Work in our bounds. Dr. Morton <.nd Mr. Maxwell labored 
within lour bounds from January 11th. to March 2nd, inclusive The 
gereral plan of the work was for Mr Maxwell to precede Dr. Morton 
by a few days, holding services and visiting the people, and on 
Dr. Morton's arrival to work with him a few -days, and then 
leave him to finish the meeting alone while he tent on to pre- 
pare the way at the next place. Eight protracted meetings were 
held in nine churches (Rockrish and Duplin Roads uniting in one 
meeting). The other churches were Whiteplains, Whiteville £t 
Andrew's, Jacksonville, Richlands, Oak Plain, and White Hall 
J here was one service held each in the First church, Wilmington' 
and m Union church. At Whiteplains, Richlands, Duplin Roads' 
Rockhsh and Oak Plain there were marked manifestations of 
revival not only in the confessions ofe faith but in reclamation of 
backsliders, and the quickening of < hristians. There- were marks of 
blessing at the other churches but such as cannot be expressed in fig 
ures. Resides the money raised for Synodical work, there was some- 
thing done to quicken congregations with regard to their obligations 
to their pastors, and to the cause of Home Missions in the Presby- 
tery. The number of services held by Dr. Morton was 90 by Mr 
Maxwell 73, by the chairman of the Home Mission Committee 4 total 
167 number of pastoral visits made by Dr. Morton 70, by .Mr ' Ma~ 
well 84, total 154; confessions 70, added to the churches 64 

Your committee takes pleasure in reporting that in the increase of 
the evangelistic force since the last meeting of Synod, one evangelist 



12 i'KOCEEDIXGS OF 

has-been allotted exclusivsively to Albemarle and Wilmington Pesby- 
teries, and that Rev J. C McMullen, so recently our co-presbyter, has 
been appointed to that work. He will labor in this Presbytery at 
least one-third of his time, and your committee confidently expects 
that his work will enable us, with the blessing of God, to solve some 
of the most serious problems that confront us in the cultivation of 
our field 

in. assembly's work. 

1. Our Presbytery has contributed to the general Home Mission 
work of the Church 8285.40. None of this is expended within our 
bounds, but goes to help in the frontier settlements and more desti- 
tute portions of our Southern Church. 

2 For the Invalid Fund the Presbytery has contributed $30*5 .36. Of 
this amount $1' has been received for Mrs. C. M. Monroe, $1(3.67 of 
which was for a balance due from last year, the same amount being 
still due this year. 

3. For the Colored Evangelistic Fund, including the support of 
Tuscaloosa Institute, our Presbytery has contributed 8U7 49— none 
of which is expended within our bounds. 

The collections for these causes present a most gratifying increase 
over last year, amounting in the aggregate to $329 12, a gain of 86 per 
cent. The collections for Colored Evangelization show a gain of 442 
per cent over last year. As the report on Systematic Beneficence. will 
show, there is a marked increase in the number of churches contrib- 
uting as well as in the amount of the contributions. This is doubt- 
less due to the plan of Systematic Bene »cence adopted last Spring. 

' SUMMARY. 

The total of all contributions in the Presbytery for all forms of 
Home Missions (not including Invalid Fund and Colored Evangeliza- 
tion) was $6,268.38 as against 82,845.12 last year, a gain of $3,423.16. 
If we omit the Mission chapel which is the result of a special effort 
not repeated every year, the gain is 8423.07. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

1 That Hev. J. D. Stanford and Rev. Letcher Smith be re-elected 
Evangelists of their respective fields. 

2. That the counties of Jones, Carteret and that part of Craven 
lying within our Presbytery comprising Seminary, Croatan and More- 
head City churches, be erected into a new evangelistic field, and that 
the committee be directed to use as much of Mr McMullen's time as 
practicable in working up that field, and to employ Mr. T. H. New- 
kirk in that field for his vacation. 

3. That the committee be directed to inquire into the practicability 
of so dividing the group of churches consisting of Mr. Mci?adyen's 
pastoral charge and the churches of Elizabethtown, South River and 
Whiteplains. as to make two complete pastoral charges, the commit- 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY, 13 

tee to report to a called meeting of Presbytery if there is a necessity 
ior action. J 

4 That Presbytery appoint a commission to visit Richlands and 

mSjrl Che f. W,th / Ul1 P0Wei ' St ° inve ^igate their condition ad- 

Tf tt f 11 Tf Dd 1U aH re8peCtS pevform the dLlties of "session 
it the way be not clear tor the sessions themselves to act 

5. That Rev. Colin Shaw be appointed to supply Warsaw church 
until the next meeting of Presbytery. 

6 That the - Home Missionary » the organ of the Assembly's Com- 
mittee, be commended to our ministers, elders and members, and that 
all our churches be urged to take up the collection for Assembly's 
Home Missions, Invalid Fund and Colored Evangelization. 

Peyton H Hoge, 

Adopted by Presbytery. Chairman. 

On motion, Presbytery resolved not to hold any session to- 
night. 

The roll of churches was called to answer the questions- 
Have you paid your contingent assessment and have you' 
complied with the law of the Presbytery in regard to your 
nuances, adopted at the Spring session, 1887? 

Black River and Elizabethtown churches were released from 
the payment of arrears to the Contingent Fund and their an- 
nual apportionment for this cause was reduced to $10 and $3 
respectively. 

John R. Bannerman, Ruling Elder from .Art. William* ap- 
peared in Presbytery and was excused for tardiness. 
_ South River church was released from all arrears to the Con- 
tingent Fund up to the present year and their annual contri- 
bution to this cause was reduced to $10. 

The Contingent Assessment of the Whiteville church was 
reduced to $7. 

A communication from the session of Burgaw church and 
others recommending the licensure of James H.Moore, Ruling 
Elder of that church, to preach the gospel was read and an- 
swer was given that Presbytery would consider it when Mr 
Moore s consent is obtained. 

Candidate W. M. Shaw was examined on Ecclesiastical 
History which was sustained as a satisfactory part of trial. 



14 PROCEEDINGS OF 

Presbytery adjourned to meet at 9:30 a. ra. on to-morrow. 
Closed with prayer. 

FRIDAY. 

9:30 a. m. April 3rd, 1891. 
Presbytery met and was opened with prayer. 
The minutes of yesterday were read, corrected and approved. 

NARRATIVE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 

The Committee on the Narrative of the state of religion made the 
following report, which was received and approved, and a copy ordered 
to be forwarded to the General Assembly: 

Your Committee on Narrative beg leave to submit the following 
report: After a careful survey we feel that much good has been ac- 
complished the past year. With few exceptions the official fidelity 
and attendance on the service of the sanctuary is reported good. 

Nine churches report special outpouring of the Holy Ghost; and 
twenty-four churches have had additions to the communion, the 
membership of several being largely increased. 

Indications are that there is a steady improvement in the Christian 
deportment, growth in grace and fidelity in church work. 

It is to be regretted that catechetical instruction and famity wor- 
ship is much neglected W e cannot see any improvement on these 

lines. ,. . ., 

The general observance of the Sabbath is gratifying. A majority 
of our churches are steadily developing the spirit of honoring the 
L'-rd with their substance. Several congregations, however, need a 
wakening on this subject 

There is a satisfactory diminution of intemperance, worldly amuse- 
ments and other sin. Our churches are doing little in behalf of the 

colored people. 
The destitute in our midst are not by any means forgotten 
Generally a healthy moral tone is evident and a disposition to do 

something for the Master's sake is everywhere noticeable. 

PETER MclNTYRE, ( Commit tee. 

A. D. Hicks, ) 

MINUTES OF SYNOD AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 

The committee to examine the minutes of Synod and Gen- 
eral Assembly made their report which was received, approved 
and is as follows : 

Your committee to examine the minutes of Synod and General As- 
sembly would (1) call attention to the action of Synod in reference to 
diffusing missionary intelligence among our people, (page 420); (2) to 



WILMIXGTON" PRESBYTERY. 15 

the recommendation to require all our churches to take, up a collection 
for the Home on Thanksgiving day (page 426); (3) on page 42 s to the 
second resolution in reference to ministerial support. Then on page 
42 i to the amount that this Presbytery is to raise for evangelistic 
work, ($450.) As to the minutes of General Assembly, the first thing 
we find enjoined by the Assembly is to place the Bible cause among 
the objects of Beneficence (page 11) : (2) on page 32 we are called upon 
to help raise $115,0 o for Foreign Missions during the year, and for 
Education 625/ 00 (page 42). And would respectfully call the atten- 
tion of Presbytery to the 6th and 7th sections in the Sabbath report, 
(page 49) and ask the careful reading by the brethren and presentation 
of it to all our churches. Lastly we call attention to the report 
adopted by the Assembly with reference to cur brother in black 
Respectfully submitted for the committe, 

K. McDonald, 
Chairman. 

The committee to examine Candidate W". M. Shaw on 
Greek and Hebrew reported that they had done so, recom- 
mending its approval as a satisfactory part of trial. The re- 
port was received and approved and Presbytery took order for 
his licensure immediately after the. sermon to-day. 

The Committee on the Time and Place of the next meeting 
reported that they were unable to agree as there were three 
churches making application for it and referred the matter 
back to Presbytery. The report was received and approved 
and White Hall was selected as the place and 7:80 p. m. 
Thursday 15th day of October next as the time for the next 
meeting of the Presbytery. 

J. C. McMillan, Ruling Elder Mt. Zion church, appeared in 
Presbytery and was excused for tardiness. 

The Committee on Ministerial Support made their report 
which was received and approved as amended, and is as fol- 
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WILMINGTON PKESBYTEKY. 17 

Leaving out the two churches in Wilmington and we have a total of 
1,873 communicants promising salaries aggregating only $3,735 or not 
quite $2 a member. 

It will be observed from the above list that thirty of the thirty-nine 
churches in this Presbytery have made reports against twenty-two 
last year 

Exceptions are taken to the following churches: Whiteville, Bock- 
fish, White Hall, Grove, Chinquepin, White Plains, Pike and Mt. Wil- 
liams for failure to pay salary promised, particularly Bockfish, White 
Hall, Chinquepin and Pike as their reports show at least one-third of 
salary still unpaid. 

Your committee would recommend that a committee be appointed 
to arrange for the annual visitation of our churches for the purpose 
of ascertaining their financial condition and that the committee shall 
have power to arrange the churches into groups, to appoint sub-com- 
mittees who shall visit our congregations, to arrange a list of suitable 
questions to be p r opounded by the sub-committees to the congrega- 
tion and to make an annual statement of the result of said visita- 
tions. The sub committees shall have power to appoint times and 
places of said visitations, to give such advice as they deem best to 
delinquent congregations, and they shall report to the Presbyterial 
committee. 

Resp ctfully submitted, 

• ) V e"S T ' I committee. 

Ruling Elder A. Hobbs from Cli:.ton church appeared in 
Presbytery and was excused for tardiness. . .... 

SYSTEMATIC BENEFICENCE^.' " 

The Committee on Systematic Beneficence submitted the 
following report which was received, approved and a cfopy or- 
dered to be sent to the Gerierar Assembly : 

The Committee on Systematic Beneficence would respectfully re- 
port to the Presbytery of Wilmington as follows: 

28 churches have contributed to Sustentation, $ 219 07 

28 " " " " Evangelistic Labor, 2«87 75 

26 ' " " " Invalid Fund, 304 08 

24 " " V. " Foreign Missions, 249158 

24 " " " "Education, 525 73 

21 " " '. : , "Publication 146 15 

23 " " " ..'■ Colored Evangelization,. 128 24 
28 " " " Church Erection, 3294 .32 

Total, :.:;. ;:.■... ..:...:. ...:..:. . . $9796 92 



IS PROCEEDINGS OF 

19 churches have contributed to all the causes. 

3 '' ," " " seven of the causes. 
2 « « « .. six 

1 church " " " rive " 

4 churches " " " three " " 

2 " " " '• none " " 

From 8 churches we have received no report: some of these have 
contributed to. <-.t least, some of the causes. 

The above figures have been arrived at (1) by dividing the amounts 
given t"> Presbyterial Missions so that of every 85. 81 goes tu Susten- 
tation; 83 to Evangelistic Labor; and $1 to Church Erection, this 
being the proportion in which the committee has appropriated it; (2> 
by dividing the amounts given to Assembly's Home Missions, so that 
of every $5, 82 goes to Sustentation, 82 to Evangelistic Labor, and $1 
to Church Erection, this being approximately the proportion in which 
the Assembly's Committee divided it; (3) by setting down the whole 
amounts given to Synodical Evangelization to Evangelistic Labor: 
(4) by setting down special contributions to the particular department 
for which they were given. 

Your committee further notes 

(1) That a larger portion of churches have contributed to ail the 
causes than ever before. 

(2) That the contributions are larger than ever before. 

(3) That the churches that report omitted collections, geneially at- 
tribute it to bad weather at the appointed time for taking it. 

The committee would recommend 

1. That the same plan be used as last year and that the Stated Clerk 
be instructed immediately to supply the churches with envelopes and 
the officers be directed to distribute them among their members. 

2. That our ministers be directed to instruct their people in the 
duty of laying by them in store on the first day of the week (I Cor. 
xvi: 2) even when they are unable to come to Divine worship, and that 
',he envelopes so rilled can be handed in at the next preaching service. 

Respectfull- submitted for the committee, 

Peyton II. Hooe, 
Chairman. 



EDUCATION. 

The report of the ageni of 'Education was received and ap- 
proved and is as follows : 

The preacher must ever remain the leading agency in giving the 
gospel to the world. Other agencies are of greater or less importance; 
but multiply them, and magnify them as we may, nothing can take 
the place of him who with tongue and lip declares the way of the 
"great salvation." The greatest weakness of our churches at this 



WILMIXGTOX PRESBYTERY. 19 

time is the weakness of its ministerial force. Its greatest need is the 
need of increasing that force. This will appear with but a glance at 
our record. For the fifteen years ending 1839, the annual average of 
ordination in our Assembly was 30. The annual average of loss by 
death was 17, this leaving an average gain of our ministerial force of 
13. Of these at least 3 are required for the foreign held. Thus the 
net gain for our home held is 10. Xow we have in the Assembly 5 
vacant churches. So that with our present rate of increase, it will 
require fifty years to supply our vacancies— to occupy the ground 
a ready acquired. This will leave the church for a half century, with 
absolutely no force for aggressive work in the home held, and if any 
is done, it must be done by vacating churches already established - by 
abandoning territory already acquired. This will be to keep up the 
appearance of work with no real gain. With the present rate of in- 
crease therefore, of our ministerial force, the church can hope to do 
but little more in the next fifty years than to hold the ground already 
acquired In the meantime the" population of this country will have 
increased probably to 100. ■; 00,000. With this statement of facts, who 
can doubt that our greatest need is a large increase of our ministerial 
force, if we would meet our obligations to the great head of the 
church and supply the wants of the perishing world around us. We 
must have more PREACHERS. This subject demands the immediate 
and earnest attention of this Presbytery and the whole church 

The young men under care of this Presbytery are as follows: 

fir T. II. Xewkir~at Union Seminary, 2nd year. 

Mr. P. C. Clark at " " 1st \ear 

Mr L. E. Wells at Davidson College Fresh class. 

Mr. <i. M». Mathis 

^r. Laurence Ballard at school in Kinston. 

Mr. W M. >haw teaching in Kenansvilie 

Tie appropriation asked of the Assembly committee for the pres- 
ent year was -S3' 0; $lou each for Messrs. Newkirk, Wells and Mathis. 
This appropriation though nearly double the amount we have been 
raising for this cause was readily made. At its last meeting Prrsby- 
tery asked our churches to raise 8450 for this cau&e. Of that amount 
the Treasurer reports $269.72. 

V>. F. Maeap.ee, 
Agent. 



The Rev. Dr. Marable was excused for not attending this 
meeting on account of ill health. 

SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

The agent of Sabbath-school made his report which was re- 
ceived, approved and the recommendations appended thereto 
were adopted and a copy ordered to be forwarded to the Gen- 
eral Assembly. The following is the report : 

Tour agent for Sabbath-schools begs leave to submit the following 

annual report: 

Twenty-five churches repoit 2S schools with 233 teachers and 164S 
scholars. 



20 



PROCEEDINGS OF 



Of these scholars 115 were received in the communion of the church 

twenty-two schools contributed for their own purposes 8592.33 and 
13 contributed $2U0:49 for other purposes. 

The instruction given seems well up to the mark and our ministers 
are doing what they can to further the school work. 

In June A. D. 189D, a Presbyterial Sabbath-school convention was 
held at Burgaw, Pender county. 

This convention was interesting, enthussastic and productive of 
good We were largely indebted for the success of this meeting to 
our brethren and sisters of the Wilmington chinches. 

Your agent feeling his inability under the present arrangement to 
greatly facilitate the Sabbath school cause in our Presbytery submits 
the following recommendations; believing that their adoption will 
lead to good results. 

1st. That Presbytery adopt the recommendation of Synod em- 
powering presbyterial agents to appoint sub-agents who shall co- 
operate with the general agent 

2nd. That Presbytery appropriate from year to year a sum of money 
sufficient to defray expenses incidental to the holding of Sabbath- 
school' conventions. ; 

The following is the tabular statement to be forwarded to 
the General Assembly : 



churches. 



numbeu on 
Bom.. 



Bui-saw,.. . »•■ 

Pike .....<. 

Union, 

Bladenbom. 

Mount Olive, I .- 

" 2 

Topsail, 

Oak Plains, 

White Hall,....- 

St. Andrew s, 

Hopewell 

South River, 

Grove, 

Mount Williams 

Firs. Church, Wilmington, 1 



Duplin Road,... 

Chinquepin 

White Plains.... 
Mount Horeb,. 

Clark ton, 

Black River, 

Klizabethtown, 

Whiieville 

Bethcar, 1 

2 

8 

Clinton 

Mount Zion,... 



S 
10 
11 
7 
5 
4 
39 



10 

7 

26 

15 

, 4 

3 

9 

3 

14 

4 

4 

3 

1 

2 

2 

10 



Average 
Attendance. 



No. Admitted 

to the 
Lokd's Table. 



Amounts 
Contributed. 



70 
37 
M 
23 
65 
90 
37 
40 
30 
170 
40 
23 
72 
41 
165 
75 
50 
60 
92 
16 
142 
30 
28 
37 
8 
15 
15 
83 
23 



5 
24 

13 
3 
3 
9 

3 
12 
4 
2 
3 
1 
2 
-2 



Total, . 



164S I 1S9 



40-, 

20 

50 

23 

49 

75 

25 

15 

30 
125 

30 

20 

40 

39 
1-J5 

63 

35 
40 
70 
12 

130 
20 
12 
27 
S 
12 
12 
55 

1278 



fa 

S 10 13 
2 00 
27 73 
9 03 
49 43 
2 40 
2 
8 00 



131 Oil 
2 00 



$ 17 94 

'28 '43 
7 39 
3 ml 
1 75 
1 05 
12 50 



27 00 



2 00 



137 



16 00 
5 lOj 

166 62 
34 32 

17 58 
1 75 
7 50 
5 0() 
9 4-- 



6 12 
63 85 
45 00 



55 00 
19 31 



71 34 

9 80 



2 40 



663 07 S 217 83 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 0^ 

Rev. P.. H. Hoge, D. D., and Ruling Elder M. H. Wooten 
were elected commissioners to the General Assembly, and Rev. 
A. MeFadyen and Ruling Elder Jas. N. Corbett alternates. 

Presbytery took recess to hear a sermon by Rev. P. H. Hoge 

After the sermon Presbytery met and! licensed W. M. Shaw, 
as a probationer for the gospel ministry. 

-Presbytery took recess until 2 o'clock p. m. 
FRIDAY 2 P. M. 
^ Presbytery met and heard the report of Committee No. 1 on 
Sessional Records which was received and approved and is as 
follows : 

+ .^ ur ,^ mraittee W0llld re P°rt that we have examined the Records 
ot the following; churches Alt. Zion, Warsaw, Oakplain. and Hopewell 
and recommend their approval with the exception that in the records 
of Oakplam and Hopewell only the statistical report is recorded and 
no report from Deacons to Sr ssion is mentioned. 
Respecfully submitted 

C. Shaw. / „ 

J. \Y\ Boney 5 Committee - 

Ruling Elders M. H. Wooten and R. W. Collins were grant- 
ed leave of absence after 8 p. m. to-day. 

Presbytery then took up the order'of the day— namely to 
hear the report ot the agent of Foreign Missions which was 
received and approved and after remarks -by different members 
of the body the recommendation of the same were adopted. 

The following is the report . 

Your agent for Foreign Missions would respectfully submit the fol- 
lowing report: * hile it must be humbly confessed that the church is 
yet far from having attained to the full measure of her duty in the 
great cause of .Foreign Missions, still thanksgivings to God should 
mingle with our penitent confessions that He is awaking the church 

52TS? hT 6 t0 tl u CaU ° f hei " L ° rd and the demands'of the woii 
V ll\ especialI y S^Uul at the evidences which this report will 
show that we are sharing with the whole church in this general ™! 

S S ° f , re ? Val - ™ S year ' S Statistics indicate decid ^ advance- 
ment and marked improvement on any previous year. 28 of our 39 

J* 31 ; !**** 3S ~ nte ?«ttW *> this cause as against 24 last 

121' of' l Q \ m l 8 table giveS the *m«*te of contributions from 

zs&zsr** with their Foreign Missionary ™ s «* 



PROCEEDINGS OF 



CHURCHES. 



Resident 

.Members. 



Missionary 
Societies. 



Hethcar, 

]> aek River, 

Beulah, 

Bladenbpro, 

Burgaw, 

Caswell, 

Chiuquepin, 

Olarkton, 

Clinton, 

Cobb Mills 

Croatan, 

Duplin Road 

Elizabethtown, 

G-rove 

Harmony, 

Hupewell, 

Jacksonville, 

Keith, 

Nit. Horeb, 

Mt. Olive 

Mt. Zion, 

Mt! Willirms, 

Morehead City, 

Oakpiain 

Pike, 

Richland, 

Rocktish * 

Seminary, 

South River, 

St. Andrews, 

Sutton's Branch, 

Topsail, 

Union, 

Warsaw, 

White Hall, 

W bite Plains 

Whiteville, 

White Oak, 

First Church, Wilmington,. 



50 
75 



23 

4'J 

43 

9i 

2n7 

(50 



62 
18 

84 



100 



54 

47 
80 
(55 



(50 
59 
2 •> 
70 



2' 6 



60 

85 



(51 

80 
46 



365 



Amount 
Contributed. 



10 31 

18 85 



8 45 

21 04 

2 00 



92 41 
60 00 



22 22 

1 08 

30 00 



11 94 

1 00 
SO 

29 00 
17 62 

4 95 
9 22 

5 53 
8 (»2 

2 93 
95 

17 20 



19 50 
305 00 



19 33 

23 85 



1 53 
36 16 



1730 81 



*2576 47 



The communication to the Presbytery from the General Secretary 
informs you as to the present condition and rapid progress of the 
work. Though the committee came out clear of debt last year, yet 
the fact that thirteen missionaries were sent out last year and the 
further fact that the number of persons offering is greater than in 
any previous year, creates a demand for a much larger increase in 
contributions than was made this year over last One great means of 
souring this desirable result is by thoroughly informing our people. 



WILMINGTON" PRESBYTERY, -l'.) 

The value of our excellent Missionary magazine in accomplishing 
this end can hardly be overestimated, therefore we reiterate the con- 
viction so often expressed by all our leaders in this cause that every 
effort ought to be put forth to place a copy of it in every family of 
our church. Again, the children in the family and in the Sunday- 
school should be instructed as to Foreign .Missions, and be trained to 
give to this cause. 

The great value of the Ladies' Missionary Societies as an agency in 
this work is now fully recognized; they have received the endorse- 
ment of the church, and are worthy of our warmest support and en- 
couragement. The fact that this year they have contributed more 
than one third of the whole amount reported, demonstrates their im- 
portance and efficiency. The Womans' Foreign Missionary Commit- 
tee appointed at the last Spring meeting of Presbytery has wrought 
zealously and effectively in accomplishing its objects. The excellent 
report of its chairman herewith submitted speaks for itself. 

Pastors and sessions in their regular ministrations should be dili- 
gent to instruct their people on this subject. The last Synod recog- 
nized the need of special meetings also for the consideration of the 
cause, and instructed its committee to prepare a programme of simul- 
taneous meetings throughout the Synod. We now have the plans and 
suggestions of this committee as to these mjetin^s. Your Agent 
would recommend the passage of the following resolutions: 

1. That we gratefully acknowledge God's blessing upon this great 
cause during the past year, and do implore yet laiger measures of His 
spirit. 

2. That in accordance with the injunctions of Syn d, "a special 
effort be made to diffuse missionary intelligence curing the current 
fear, by circulating the ' Missionary ' among our people, and that ses- 
sions appoint a suitable agent in each church to canvass for subscrip- 
tions to the ' Missionary,' and that the sessions inform the Presbyte- 
rial Agent of the name and address of this congregational atrent " 

\ 3. That the Presbytery acknowledges the valuable labor of the 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee, commends their diligence, 
promise all encouragement and help in their good work, approves 
their report, and reappoints the present committee, viz- Mrs B F 
Mall, chairman; Mrs. R. N. Sweet, Mrs. W. J. Smith, Wilmington-' 
Miss Mary Anderson, Clinton; Mrs. Joseph Archer, Kenansville- Mrs' 
0. G. Robeson, Westbrook, and Mrs. P. J. Flemington, Faisons ' 

4. That special effort be made this year largely to increase our con- 
nbutions to this cause, and that to this end, Pastors and sessions 
:arnestly appeal to every member of their churches to contribute to 
he full measure o their ability. 

I 5. That we adopt the general plan and suggestions of Synod's com- 
pittee as to the time and manner of holding the simultaneous meet- 
.igs That the churches be divided into the four groups named be 



9^ PROCEEDINGS OF 

low and the ministers assigned to each group, visit successively each 
church in their group, beginning on Monday, the 27th ot Apn .and 
conning through the weekend that each minister preach at his 
S^a/poiBtmLt on the 26th of April on the subject of Foreign 

Missions. 

I. 
1 Caswell; 2. Black River, Harmony; 3. South River: 4 Elizabeth- 
town, Bethcar, Mt. Horeb; 5. Clarkton, White Plains - ^denboro, 
6. Whiteville-McFadyen, Chairman, McDonald, McMillan, Kelly. 

II. 
1 Topsail; 2. Jacksonville; 3. Richland; 4. Chinquepin; 5 Sutton's 
Branch Benlah! 6. Grove, Mt. Zion, Warsaw-Miller, Chairman; 
Smith, Stanford. 

III. 
1 Burgaw, Tike, Keith, Hopewell; 2. Mt. Williams, White X)ak; 
3. Duplin Roads, Rocknsh, 4. Union; 5 Clinton; 6. Oakplam-Hoge, 
Chairman; Marable, Black, Shaw, Sr 

IV. 
1 Mt Olive- 2 WhiteHall; 3. Cobb Mills, 4. Seminary; 5. Croatan; 
6. MoreheadCity-McIntyre, Chairman; ^W^^ 

Agent. 

WOMAN'S FOREIGN MISSIONARY COMMITTEE Q F WILMINGTON 
PRESBYTERY. 

In connection with his report the agent of Foreign Missions 
read the report of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee 
of Wilmington .Presbytery, which was received and approved 

and is as follows: «. ■- D ■ ■ 

The Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee of A\ ilmmgt on > Pies- 
bvtery report thirteen societies contributing to the cause ot W 
Missions duing the year ending March 31st 1891, namely: C arkton, 
Wh evUle, HopeweU, Burgaw Duplin Road, Mt. Wi hams, Clin on, 
Mt Horeb Grove, Topsail, rt, Andrew's, First Church, Wilmington, 
and Young Gleaners, of First Church, Wilmington. 

The amount contributed for the year as shown by the report ot the 
Treasurer of Presbytery, through whom all remittances are now 

m T telS a mb , ly's Committee of Foreign Missions assigned to our 
societies in January, 189 >, Miss Bias, missionary in Brazil whose , sal- 
ary is $-300 per year, and in October 1890 they assigned us Miss Rob 
eitson on her departure for Japan. Her salary is $600 Priorto 
dissolution of the Union by Presbytery, last April, Mis, Bui* sa a 
had been paid for six months. These payments included the salarj 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 25 

for the iirst quarter of the Presbyterial year just closed. The remain- 
ing three quarters of her salary, and the two quarters of Miss Rob- 
ertson's, have been paid through the Treasurer of Presbytery as his 
report shows. 

These salaries are paid quarterly from the oontributions of the so- 
cieties, all expenses pertaining to the Foreign Missions Committee, 
such as printing and stationery, missionary literature, including leaf- 
lets and tracts, expenses of visiting missionaries as well as of the vis- 
iting committees, being met by an annual assessment on each society 
of one dollar for every ten members. 

This fund is in the hands of the Secretary and Treasurer oE the 
Committee, Miss Anderson, of Clinton. 

This committee hoped to report more work done in the way of vis- 
iting the societies than we are able to report. We made four appoint- 
ments, but owing to sickness and other causes only two were filled* 
We still hope to fill the other two before our annual convention to be 
held about the end of May. Our visits eeem to be very much ap- 
preciated, and as our aim is to develope and foster a spirit of prayer 
and personal responsibility, God's Spirit attends and blesses our 
meetings, as is evidenced by the orderly, interested attendance, and 
in the quiet solemnity of our consecration meeting with which we 
always close. 

At these meetings we distribute missionary leaflets, procured from 
the committee at Nashville, and sometimes "The Missionary,'' 
'.' Woman's work for Woman," i.nd "Life and Light," which are taken 
in some of our societies. We also urge the importance of a large 
circulation of the "Missionary" as a means of increasing informa- 
tion and consequent interest in the work. 

We hope one result of our visitations will be a larger attendance at 
our annual meetings, with a spirit of increasing zeal and consecration 
which taken home to each society. Avill bring our women in greater 
numbers to the help of the church in her Master's work. 

In closing we would most heartily thank our ministers, who have 
so cordially assisted and encouraged us, and on whose continued as- 
sistance we depend for our greatest encouragement in this work 
which they have given us to do. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs B. F. Hall, 
Chairman of Woman's Foreign Missionary Committee of Wilming- 
ton Presbytery. 

PUBLICATION AND COLPORTAGE. 

The Agent of Publication and Colportage made the follow- 
ing report which was received and approved : 
Yonr Agent of Publication and Colportage reports since the last 



26 PROCEEDINGS OF 

smiii-annual meeting of Presbytery, we have been favored with the 
Reports of the General Assembly and Synod, from which we gather 
the following facts : 

Ry a reference to Treasurer's report of Committee of Publication 
of General Assembly, we learn that 88,557.36 have been received on 
collections from churches, Sabbath-schools and individuals during the 
past year, an increase of about 10 per cent. Out of this increase, the 
expenditures for the strictly benevolent work, $7,112.54 have been ap- 
propriated to the Colportage work, $3,941.70 in donations made di- 
rectly by the committee, and .$ 223.21 or tracts distributed gratuitously 
by our colporteurs, giving a total of $11,277 45. The committee is 
now out of debt, has a good trading capital and is in a healthy con- 
dition. The assets of the committee amount to more than $8,000 

The agent of Synod reports a falling off somewhat of contributions 
to this object and urges more diligence on the part of ministers 
and churches in following recommendations. See minutes of Synod, 
page 469 

For the want of funds in behalf of colportage the committee at 
Richmond can only employ as yet one colporteur for each Synod. 
Rev. Mr. Towles is the efficient colporteur for our Synod. Nothing 
is being done on this line in our Presbytery as all our funds now go 
into the Treasury of Synod. 

Your agent has yet on hand a small amount of funds and a few 
books. 

Donations since our last session have been made to one Sunday- 
school and several individuals who greatly needed the books. If it is 
the pleasure of Presbytery we will retain the books and funds for a 
similar work in the future, or we are prepared to hand over the same 
to the committee of Synod which is now running this work in a gen- 
eral way. 

I need not commend the literature of our Publication committee as 
our people all are aware of their value and helpfulness in trainingour 
children and indoctrinating our people. I wish in concluding this re- 
port to call attention of Presbytery to a circular sent out by Dr. 
Hazen in behalf of the Executive Committee of Publication, dated 
February 15th, 1891. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Colin Shaw. 
Agent. 



On motion the Revs. P. H. Hoge, D. D., A. McFadyen, James 
Kelly, and Peter Mclntyre, and Ruling Elders B. G. Worth, 
and William H. Sprunt, were appointed a commission to visit 
Richlands and Keith churches in accordance with the fourth 



WILMINGTON PBESBYTEKY. 'Z \ 

recomnicndation of the report of the Committee of Home 
Missions. 

The Revs. P. Mclntyre, D. B. Blaek, Colin Shaw, and Rul- 
ing Elder I. R. Faison. were appointed a committee to carry 
out the recommendation of the report of the Committee on 
Ministerial Support in regard to Presbyterial visitation. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises submitted the fol- 
lowing additional report which was received and approved : 
The Rev. Peter Mclntyre, to preach to night at 7 :30, the Rev. 
P. H. Hoge, D. D., to-morrow at 11 a. m.. the Rev. J. D. Stan- 
ford to-morrow at 3 p. m.. Rev. D. B. Black at 7 :30 p. m. and 
Rev. Colin Shaw at 11a. in. on Sabbath. 

The Rev. D. B. Blaek was granted permission to supply 
Burgaw and Hopewell churches for twelve months. 

The First Church of Wilmington having paid $7 of .$16. 
our apportionment of the expenses .of the Western section of 
the Evangelical Alliance, on motion a collection was taken up 
for the balance and the surplus was credited to Foreign Mis- 
sions. 

STATISTICAL REPORT. 

The "Stated Clerk made the following statistical report 
which was received, approved and a copy ordered to be for- 
warded to the General Assembly. 

The Presbytery of Wilmington respectfully reports to the General 
Assembly that we number thirteen ministers, one licentiate, live candi- 
dates and thirty-nine churches. 

That on the 16th day of October last we received Licentiate 
Letcher Smith, from the Presbytery of Roanoke, and that on the same 
day we received under our care Byron Currie (lark, a member of the 
Clarkton church, as a candidate for the Gospel ministry and that on 
the day following we ordained Licentiate Letcher Smith as an Evan- 
gelist, and that on the 3rd day of April we licensed William M. Shaw 
as a probationer for the Gospel ministry, and that our next stated 
meeting will be held at White Hall church at 7:30 p. m. on Thursday 
the 15th day of October next. 

By order of the Presbytery, 

A. McFadyex. 
Stated Clerk. 

Black River Church, April 3rd, 1891. 



28 PROCEEDINGS OF 

ORDERS ON THE TREASURER. 

The Treasurer was ordered to pay the Stated Clerk 85 cents 
for postage and stationary for the year, and the agent of Sab- 
bath-schools for expenses incurred in the conduct of the Sab- 
bath-school convention last summer. 

VOTE OF THANKS. 

Resolved, That the thanks of Presbytery are hereby ten- 
dered to the congregation of Black River church for their 
cordial welcome and bountiful provision for our entertinment, 
to the families for the hospitable shelter of their homes, to 
the ladies for their graceful attention to all our wants and to 
the pastor and officers of the church for their arrangements 
for the expedition of the business of Presbytery, and Presby- 
tery hereby expresses the hope that our intercourse with the 
people may be as beneficial to the church as it has been agree- 
able to us. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

On motion Presbytery adjourned to meet at White Hall 
church at 7 :30 p. m. on Thursday the loth day of October 
next. 

g. w. McMillan. 

Moderator. 
M. H. Wooten. / m ~, , 

W. H. Sprunt. j Temporary Clerks. 

Attest : A. McFadyen, Stated Clerk. 
Black River Church Sampson county N. C, April 3rd, 1891. 



MINUTES OF AN ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE 
PRESBYTERY OF WILMINGTON HELD AT FIRST 
CHURCH, WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 
24TH, 1890. 

Presbytery met and was constituted with prayer by Rev. 
Peter Mclntyre, the last Moderator present. 

Present.— Revs. B. F. Marable D. D. A. MeFadyen, G. W. 
McMillan, K. McDonald, P. Mclntyre and Ruling Elder I. R. 
Faison, from Union church. 

On motion the following resolution was adopted to wit : 
That all our ministers doing Evangelistic work be empowered 
to receive members by examination, directing them to join 
some church as members of the same. 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 29 

On motion Presbytery adjourned to meet at Black River 
church at 7 :30 p. m. on Wednesday before the first Sabbath 
in April 1891. 

Closed with prayer. 

A. McFadyen 
Stated plerk. 

MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PRESBY- 
TERY OF WILMINGTON, 

Held in St, Andrew's Presbyterian church Wilmington, N. 
C, Thursday 12 m. December 11th, 1890. 

In accordance with a call duly made and published by the 
Moderator, Presbytery met in Special Session for the pur- 
pose of considering the application of the Rev. J. W. Prim- 
rose D. D. to be dismissed to the Presbytery of Potosi, Mis- 
souri and his resignation as Presbyterial agent of Foreign 
Missions, and was constituted with prayer by the Rev. W. 
McC. Miller, the last Moderator present, 

PRESENT. 

Ministers— Colin Shaw, D. B. Black, A. McFadyen, J. W 
Primrose, D. D., P. H. Hoge, D. D. and W. McC. Mi'ller! 

Ruling Elders.— A. D. McDonald, St. Andrew's and S. 
Northrop, First church, Wilmington. 

^ Rev. P. R. Law, of the Presbytery of Fayetteville and Rev. 
S. H. Chester, of the Presbytery of Nashville were invited to 
sit as corresponding members. 

Rev. J. W. Primrose, D. D. offered his resignation as agent 
ot Foreign Missions and asked for the disolution of the pas- 
toral relations existing between him and St. Andrew's church 
and that he be dismissed to the Presbytery of Potosi, Mis- 
souri. 

The Presbyseay then heard Ruling Elder Oscar Pearsall, 
the commissioner from- St. Andrew's, who read the following 
resolutions adopted by that church assenting to the request 
of Dr. Primrose : 

"Whereas, The Rev. John W. Primrose, D. D., our much 
esteemed pastor, has received a call to the Evangelistic work 
of the Synod of Missouri, and considers it his duty to accept 



3Q PROCEEDINGS OF 

the same and to this end asks us to unite with him in his re- 
quest to the Presbytery of Wilmington, to dissolve the pas- 
toral relations existing between him and our Church. There- 

OV Resolved Mrst, That inasmuch as our pastor considers it 
his duty to accept this call to labor elsewhere m the Master s 
vineyard, we unite with him in his request to the Presbytery 
that hS be released from the pastoral care of this church. 

^Second, That in thus uniting with him in his request to 
Presbytery we do so in deference to his wishes in what he con- 
siders his Christian duty. . 

Third, That we desire to place on recoid our respect tor 
him as a man and a minister of the Gospel. We recognize in 
him a preacher of extraordinary pulpit talent and that by his 
faithful preaching of the Word we have been built in the most 
holy faith and instructed in the knowledge of the truth. 

Fourth, That we shall therefore ever feel a deep interest in 
him wherever he goes, and wherever God in Providence casts 
his lot we pray that His blessings may rest upon him and his 

familv. , . , , , ,. 

Fifth That Mr, Oscar Pearsall be appointed by the congre- 
gation to present these resolutions to the Presbytery as the 
action of this congregation touching the request of our pas- 
tor and that a copy be given to Brother Primrose as a testi- 
mony of- our regard for him as our pastor and friend. 

Oscar Pearsall, 

Moderator. 

Wilmington, N. C, December 11, 1890. 

Having heard the foregoing, Presbytery adopted the follow- 
ing paper presented by Pvev. P. H. Hoge, D. D. : 

"Whereas The J. W. Primrose, D. P., having received a 
call to evanglistic work in the Synod of Missouri has there- 
fore asked for a dissolution of his pastoral relation; and 
whereas St. Andrew's church, convinced of the wider field ol 
usesfulness that is opened to their pastor, unites with him in 
the request: • „ T D ._1 

Resolved 1. That the relation between Rev. John \V .Prim 
rose D D, and St. Andrews Church will be dissolved after 
December 31st, and that a letter of dismission be granted 
him to the Presbytery of Potosi. _ 1 

'Resolved 1 !. That in parting with Dr. Primrose the Presby 
tern recognizes the loss of one of its most earnest and suc- 
cessful pastors, of a diligent and faithful Presbyter, and of 
a friend and brother beloved. 



WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY. 31 

Resolved '3. That in the extended field of usefulness to 
which God in His providence has called him, Presbytery fol- 
lows him with its best wishes, and most earnest prayers for 
(rod s blessings upon his labors." 

Rev. W. McC. Milller was appointed to preach in St. Andrews 
church on the second Sabbath in January next and declare 
the church vacant. 
^ Rev. W. McC. Miller was elected agent of Foreign Mis- 
sions in place of Rev. J. W. Primrose dismissed. 

After feeling remarks by different members of the body ex- 
pressive of regret at parting with Dr. Primrose, Presbytery 
adjourned to meet at Black River at 7 :30 p. m. April 1st. 
Closed with prayer, 

A. McFADYEN. 

Stated Clerk 



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